Every Sunday our church hosts a coffee hour event in the church basement, and we are always needing durable serving plates and platters. When I saw a selection of Mainstays plates, platters and bowls at my local Walmart store for only $1, I bought numerous pieces.
Just last week I bought nine plastic platters at my Fred Meyer store for $1.99, but these Mainstays platters were even nicer, and for a buck you just can’t go wrong.
Mainstays Plastic Oval Platter was available in green and turquoise colors, and are great basic platters. They are oval shaped and measure 16″ long and 11 1/2″ wide. This platter has a nice bowl shape, which looks like it’s about an inch deep, but it also has nice wide edges.
Mainstays Plastic Oval Platter is made of a thick and sturdy plastic that is dishwasher safe, but it should probably be placed on the top rack because there is a warning to “avoid heating element”. I would follow these safeguards for any plastic items I put in my dishwasher, even high end brands.
It is a well known fact that Walmart sells products at very low prices, but finding these Mainstays Plastic Oval Platters for only $1 was a great find. I still wonder if the store made a mistake when they marked these items.
This platter will make a great serving tray for putting out cake, cookies, bagels, cheese and crackers, fruit, or many other types of snack foods. They are hefty enough that they don’t bend when they are filled with foods, and clean up is extremely easy.
I purchased eight of these Mainstays Plastic Oval Platter, and they all nestle inside of each other so they don’t take up a lot of storage space. The plastic has a very shiny appearance, and I would prefer more of a matte look, but again for a buck they will do just fine.
These would be great platters to use for any kind of outfoor barbecue or cook out, and would also be a good choice for packing along in a motor home or RV because they won’t break. When driving an RV, oftentimes the dishes rattle around (especially on a bumpy road), so not only would these platters be safer because they are made of plastic, but they would also be much less noisy when an RV is moving.
Mainstays makes matching dinner plates, which come in a set of four for only a $1.00 (25 cents each!), and matching cereal and even large serving bowls (would be great for chips). Thanks Walmart and Mainstays, these are an exceptional value.