Here’s another example of repurposing items. Last year, for one of our picnics, I created what we then dubbed “The Tower of Condiments”. I had picked up a sleeve of old metal jello molds at a yard sale. I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for, but really loved them. I had borrowed my mom’s cupcake tower for a previous gathering at my house and happened to walk by it one day and the idea switch turned on. I ran to the kitchen, retrieved the jello molds and crossed my fingers that they fit. Sure enough…the image in my mind was getting clearer.
Our picnics usually result in at least 50 to 75 people, so we concentrate on crockpot and/or sandwich type foods to serve. I decided that a variety of condiments would liven up the hot dogs, sausage and pulled chicken sammies that graced our table.
I poured over recipes for unique condiments (Thank you Rachael Ray!) and it took off from there. The Tower-O-Condiments was the centerpiece of the picnic table and loved by all. We made little name tags out of toothpicks and scrapbook paper so everyone knew what they were eating. I have to apologize for the lame photo, but I had to crop it from another pic. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I didn’t photograph the Tower-O-Condiments in all of its glory. I hope you get the idea though. Almost anything can be used for something else. Open your mind and let the ideas flow. Happy Repurposing!