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Luncheon Signs - Need Help! (moved from General Topics)

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I organize a luncheon once a month and people eye's are bigger than their appetites. Need help creating a polite sign at my sandwich area that implies "Don't be a pig - take a reasonable serving". Can anyone give me some suggestions that would work? Thanks.

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  1. not exactly on point, but a remember a place in portland that called itself an "all you care to eat" restaurant. maybe thats a jumping off point for your thinking

    1. Possibly a cartoon may be better. There are a few here. I like the one that says "I'd like to help but I've got too much on my plate at the moment."


      1. Maybe instead of or in addition to a sign, you could use smaller plates and encourage people to return if they want a second pass.

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        1. re: LisaPA

          Along those lines... perhaps put half out at first then put out the remainder when the latecomers arrive?

          I used to volunteer and put out cookies or some other baked goods for after our shift. There were volunteers working in three areas, two of which got finished ahead of my area. If I put out all of what I brought there'd often only be a handful of cookies left for my group - so not near enough to go around... something Mom always said was bad manners. I started putting out half for the others and holding half til we were done our work. Problem solved.

        2. I'm pretty sure I posted this yesterday - if it was removed, I can't imagine why. So here it is again:

          I've seen signs that read "Please take all you want, but eat all you take."

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          1. re: small h

            I saw that...and I saw this thread yesterday but this thread is dated the 10th. Something tells me the whole thread was taken down. Last I looked it seemed fairly tame, there were maybe 2-3 comments so I dunno what the reasoning was.

            1. re: maplesugar

              Weird. It's not a topic likely to generate heated debate.

          2. I see this is your first post - Welcome to Chowhound choa!

            1. I'm in favor of smaller plates... it's a Luncheon, after all.... and... not putting everything out at once. A Home Ec. teacher told me that a long time ago. Oh, and don't forget the doilies. LOL

              1. Small plates are good, but, can you have someone serve? Sometimes it is such a special touch to be served ;-)

                Also though the biggest tip is to use smaller serving spoons. It makes a HUGE difference in how much people take. We are just wired to take a spoonful but when it is a smaller spoon like serving spoon vs a spoon the size you might cook with people actually do take less.

                1. When all the kids at church were hogging the good bits of the potluck lunches we switched to having someone serve from the kitchen for a few months... personally I'd just get smaller plates - instead of dinner-sized paper plates put out the snack-sized ones and maybe they'll get the hint.

                  1. Portion sizes also matter. Whenever we have a catered lunch, they always seem to have half sandwiches and sides. Unless the sides are hearty and really fabulous looking, I just end up taking 2 halves. Even though they tend to be large half sandwiches, I know one half just won't be enough. By taking 2, I know I probably won't finish the second half but at least I won't go hungry. I would prefer to have a medium sandwich portion (perhaps made on a baguette or a large ciabatta and cut into 5-6" rathan than on regular 4x4 sandwich bread that is then cut in half. So, what I'm saying is, when 1 is not enough and 2 is too much, most people will take 2. If you offer them a 3/4 sandwich serving and sides, most people will take 1 sandwich.