In Australia we are very familiar with hosting Christmas events in warm weather, so as my final post for this years Christmas in July series I just had to share a warm weather Christmas catering tip for all of my northern hemisphere friends who are celebrating Christmas in July in glorious hot weather.
Hot weather often includes outdoor catering, in the shade if at all possible. If your shade happens to be provided by a tree, leaves and twigs that fall out of the tree may try to jump in with the salad to join the party.
Hot weather also means the bugs are awake and ready to party too.
There are various ways to overcome these unwanted party guests; you could cling wrap everything, or use the little *bowl cover umbrella tent things, or even use plastic food containers with lids. Those are affiliate links by the way to illustrate what I'm talking about, but I'm sure you can get these items at an equally great price at your local discount store, accept for these seriously cute ladybug bento boxes which are the only sort of bugs you would want crashing your party.
However each food saver solution presents it's own problem.
The cling wrap gets scrunched up or thrown out and no-one thinks to replace it to keep the food bug-free. Guests also get confused about what the hostess intends, is the food ready to eat or is it being put away? No-one wants to be rude and dive in when they aren't supposed to.
Umbrella mesh covers always seem like a good idea but they take up half the table, and when someone lifts it off the food they can't figure out how to put it down or put it back up and it ends up on someone's chair or blowing away in a fierce gust of wind.
Which leaves you trying to keep everything in unsightly plastic containers with lids, lids that you can't see through ruining all that effort to make the food look tasty in the first place, or worse, the lids get used to lean dirty serving spoons on.
But grandma's everywhere never seem to have this problem of how to keep the food fresh while keeping the table looking pretty and food visually appealing.
Grandma's use their little mesh food bowl covers with pretty edgings weighted down with a few well placed beads and all the problems of serving food platters in the outdoors are solved simply and elegantly. So taking advantage of the know how by women wiser and more experienced then I am, I set out to make my own bowl cover.
I made this bowl cover last Christmas. Using a soft fine mesh gauze from my local fabric store I marked out a circle with a large saucepan lid about an inch wider then my bowl. Although not strictly necessary I hemmed the edge by machine, trimming off any excess with scissors.
I used a crochet cotton, or cordonette, in size 20 or 30, I don't know because I've lost the label and I don't normally work with yarn this fine and I bought it many years ago. I used my smallest 1. 25mm hook. The spacing between each stitch is approximately 3-4mm. The beads are glass seed beads of the larger variety.
The edging itself consists of three rows of stitching.
A row of square edging, a row of chain stitches in groups of 8 and a final row of single crochet with a bead added at the point of each section, 5SC on either side of the beads.
The pattern for the square edging can be found in last weeks golden table runner crochet pattern.
But the best thing about these bowl covers is that they take up so little room to store them until next time.
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