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Chili Party bowls?

I am having a chili, there will only be 3 different kinds of chili and some other foods, such as cheese and breads and such. I want people to be able to try all three kinds of chili, so I don't want to use my regular bowls (because they'd get full on the first bowlful), so I am trying to find an alternative to serve the chili in, so people can have some of all three at the same time. The only thing that I can think of is styrofoam cups and they can have their 3 cups of chili and put it all on a plate, or just do one at a time and not have the plate. But I was hoping to find something a little better than styrofoam cups, any thoughts? There will be about 20 people... Appreciate any ideas or thoughts....

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  1. If your chili is good and you are having that many people styrofoam and plastic spoons will be fine. you may be able to find some with a mexican motif at target or a party supply house.

    1. I've had success serving chili & heartier soups in hollowed out rolls- you need to find something rustic (chewey) at about 3 inches- hollow out a slightly and fill w/chili- guest can eat in a couple of bites and it's so much nicer than styrofoam- no spoons required

      1. You can use teacups - unless you think that's too girly for a chili party. :-)

        Or check a camping supply store. Sometimes they have those plastic plates with the different compartments.

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        1. re: piccola

          and teacups have handles that allow you to eat the chili hot, without burning your hands. Perhaps a mix of teacups and mugs for those with differing appetites. Is this a stand up affair or will people be sitting at tables? If they are sitting you may want to use plastic rather than styrofoam as holding the cups will not be as much of an issue. I just hate scraping a spoon or fork or whatever against styrofoam, i always feel like i am scraping some of it into my food. Probably just me though.

        2. I saw Paula Deen make some cups out of dough. She cut a round out of biscuit dough (or something like that) then pressed them over the backs of an over-turned muffin tin and baked them that way. They're a bit on the small side - which could be perfect for you.

          1. They do make disposable bowls these days. I would go for that or go to a food warehouse and buy the styrofoam bowls the restaurants send you home with. And if at all possible serve with plastic soup spoons. They are heavier, and larger.

            1. If you go with cups and want to stay away from syrofoam, Ikea has dirt cheap small stoneware mugs in a couple different colours. We bought two dozen for casual entertaining to serve coffee/tea/hot cocoa in... the Dinera line is $9.99/6 pack and the Almhult tumbler is all of $0.29/each. (I prefer the shape of the Dinera... Almhult reminds me of a terra cotta pot) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/cat...
              ^links to the American site mugs and cups section

              HTH :)

              1. How about mini ramekins? You might be able to find cheap ones at a dollar store.

                1. This is for a party? There's nothing very festive about eating out of styrofoam if you ask me. I'd prefer Dixie Cups; they come in diff sizes, designs, and some have handles.

                  Coffee mugs would be much better but who has 60 coffee mugs?

                  A number of years ago I bought some 2 cup blue enameled tinware sauce pans to use for serving chili - it's kind of in keeping with the theme, chuck-wagonish and all. There are also coffee mugs in that kind of ware; if this is a party theme you'll be repeating, might be worth an investment.

                  Oh, and what are the 3 chilis????? Inquiring minds want to know.

                  1. What about hollowed-out mini bolillos. Make a bread shell, then toast in the oven. I've done this with green chili and it went over really well. My family loves the little edible bowls.