New Dishes from the Food Blogger Prop Swap

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 17, 2013

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Regular people call a dish a dish, a spoon a spoon and a weathered enameled pot “that ol’ crummy pot.”

Food bloggers call them props, and the more these props evoke a period or era, the more weathered and used, the more special, the better. We say, “What props are you using in your photo?” to each other, not “where are your dishes?”

All it means is which rustic platter are you putting the sizzling steak on, what precious teaspoon will adorn your hand-crafted seasonal berry sorbet, and what shallow, yet wide bowl will show off to perfection your organic free-range chicken saffron soup with homemade semolina noodles?

Food Blogger Prop Swap badgeSo you can imagine the glee when bloggers Alyssa of Everyday Maven and Faith of An Edible Mosaic devised a “Food Blogger Prop Swap,” wherein food bloggers who signed up sent a box of their loved-but-overused props to another secret blogger, and they, in turn, received a box of new-to-them props.

I sent off my box of goodies to Jennifer of Kitchy Cooking, and from Pam at Blueberries And Blessings got a box full of plates and platters!

I particularly love the collection of platters she sent (see the lead photo at the top), which should be wonderful for serving all summer long.

New Dishes from the Food Blogger Prop Swap on Shockingly DeliciousAnd my favorite design was on this retro plate, above. I love the colors and simplicity. For some reason, it reminds me of the 1960s.

New Dishes from the Food Blogger Prop Swap on Shockingly DeliciousUnfortunately, the postal Gods were unkind to it, and this was the result when I took it out of the package. 🙁  I was lucky that it broke only in three pieces, so I have my handy husband working on gluing it back into one. That will make it even more rustic and appealing, don’t you agree?

The fleet-footed messengers were also unkind to this once-cute red, white and New Dishes from the Food Blogger Prop Swap on Shockingly Deliciousblue flag bowl. I don’t think it can be glued, though.

Thanks so much to Pam for sharing with me a lovely collection of plates and platters, and I promise to make something delicious to show them off in style!

I decided to start by using one for a simple breakfast on the first day of summer when school was done. Pancakes and bacon were called for. Don’t they look cute on Pam’s plate?plate with pancakes on Shockingly Delicious

When are we doing it again?

If you’d like to see all the various props that were swapped by all participants, go over to Everyday Maven or An Edible Mosaic, where you can click through to any of the participating blogs. 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Ajenje July 3, 2013 at 5:56 am

Nice Dorothy,
This is a nice idea. Its sad they broke. Please post a picture of plates after they are glued.


mickeydownunder June 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

G’day! What a great and fun swap, TRUE!
Not everything arrived in one piece but like a flopped souffle, am sure the box put a smile on your face on the day!
Cheers! Joanne


Dorothy Reinhold June 20, 2013 at 4:13 am

Absolutely right!


sippitysup June 19, 2013 at 8:26 am

How come I never hear about cool stuff like this? GREG


Dorothy Reinhold June 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

Follow the links from my site to the hosts, and then sign up to be on their mailing list for the next time they do it!


Cindys Recipes and Writings June 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

Cool props, Dorothy. Too bad some broke, I hope you can glue the plate! This swap was a great idea!


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

That retro plate is fantastic – I hope you can fix it!! We are thinking about a cookbook, spice or prop swap next – make sure to sign up and let us know via the link on our sites which you would prefer. Thanks for participating!


Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

What cute plates! That sucks that a couple of them came broken though. Hope you can glue at least one of them back together. Thanks for sharing your awesome tray and those cool cookbooks with me. can’t wait to use them again and again.


Nancy@acommunaltable June 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

This was SO MUCH FUN!!! Faith and Alyssa mentioned something about a cookbook swap… wouldn’t that be awesome??? Love those plates and platters – they seem so suited to you Dorothy!!! What a great breakfast to welcome the first day of summer vacation – ours will have to wait for another few days :-(….


Stef June 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

Oh no! Bummer that the plates broke. Looks like you got some fun stuff!


Marlene @Nosh My Way June 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

What a bummer to find cracked goodies in your bix.


Mama's Gotta Bake June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

It’s too bad some of your items broke, but it looks like you got some very cool platters! Bet they’ll look great in a future post.


Tara June 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

So sorry about the plate. I love the pattern and hope you are able to salvage it. I also love the dishes in the top photo. This was such a fun event!


Anne@FromMySweetHeart June 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

Hi Dorothy! Well you’ve summed up how food bloggers think about their props so well! And I love the dished you received. Sorry a couple were broken but I hope you can glue back the plate because I love that pattern, too! This was really so much fun and I hope that we all get to do it together again! : )


Dorothy Reinhold June 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

Oh yeah, I’m gluing the plate, for certain!


Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog June 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

Wasn’t the prop swap fun? I totally want to do it again next year! Too bad about your plates, but I love your attitude about fixing it!


Dorothy Reinhold June 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

It was so fun! I would do it again in a heartbeat!


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