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Feb 20, 2009 07:44 AM

Has anyone seen multiple, multiple compartment disposable plates?

I'm having a house-warming party and we're serving dips of all kinds to celebrate the new house and no more carpet! I was hoping to find some kind of disposable plate to keep all the dips separate. I know you can get the regular compartmentalized plates- round and rectangular, but I was hoping to find something more like the attached image.

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  1. I found this doing a google search:

    It seems like they're marketing the plates for Indian food, but it seems perfect for your party! The website has a bunch of different shapes.

    BTW, if you're using plastic silverware as well, check out the Reflections line. It's disposable but silver colored to look like the real thing. It doesn't look cheap at all.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      That reminds me of a disposable painter's pallet that I've seen on TV craft shows.

      1. re: cheesecake17

        I like those a lot, but the shipping is outrageous- I'd end up spending $42 for plastic plates! I wonder if a local Indian grocery store would have something like that?

        1. re: Katie Nell

          How many plates are you looking to buy? I've purchased plastic plates for parties before and they don't come cheap.

          Maybe you can get the painter's palettes suggested by paulj at an art supply store.

          Or look in your area for paper goods stores or distributors. They usually carry things like that.. but sometimes only in large quantities.

            1. re: Katie Nell

              I just saw this on It's a rectangular tray with compartments.

              If $42 for about 40 plates includes the shipping I would say it's a good price. The 'fancy' plates that I've seen are about $1/plate.

      2. Also check out your local grocery store in the Hot Foods/ Deli departments. They might have something along those lines that they use for party trays, and you can usually get them for really cheap.

        1. I've seen trays exactly like that at a couple of Brooklyn candy-and-nut shops, where they stock different types of containers so customers can assemble their own gift packages. This leads me to think you might find something similar in party-goods stores. I don't know if it's worth a trip to the shops where I saw them - I don't think they're a particularly unique item - but the names are Oh Nuts! on 13th Avenue (another branch is on Avenue J), and Yossi's Candy and Nuts on 18th Avenue.

          1. I just went to the local party store. They had tons. Cheap. No reason for the web I don't think. I just went yesterday for some and today for other things and some them at 2 different stores. All colors too

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            1. re: kchurchill5

              I didn't see anything at the particular party store I went to, but there's several more to try. Cheesecake17 gave me an idea though, and I'm now thinking about disposable bento boxes, so I'm going to check out the local Asian megastore, I think.

              1. re: Katie Nell

                That works, my party store carries the plates, but they are all different. Luckily I have 3 that are all close but a pain to have to go to them all. Good luck