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Thanksgiving at your house. You know how it goes.
Poppa Bob has to have rolls with real butter, Uncle Dave made a vegan pecan pie, Cousin Michelle brought vegetarian green bean casserole.
You’ve got enough on your plate! Try photo food tags this year, a clever photo project for easily identifying dishes.
Pre-empt any unseemly food confusion with your camera, a few slices of cheese and a set of alphabet cookie cutters!
Why It’s Cool
They’ll be pulling you aside to ask where you found those charming photo food tags and you can say loud and proud: “I made them myself!”.
We all like to feel our host has thought of every little thing for our comfort plus a few special extras! With tiny alphabet food pictures, you’ll win them over.
Aunt Ethel dropped a glob of mushroom gravy on a food tag (and the front of her dress)? No worries, they’re reusable! Another amazing bonus: after the turkey’s out, your photo food tags will make a good excuse for potlucks.
- Set of small alphabet cookie cutters
- 1 block of extra-firm tofu
- Lunch meat slices
- Cheese slices
- 3 dessert plates
- Wooden clothespins
- Glue gun or craft glue
- Self-adhesive laminating sheets or access to a laminating machine
Step 1: Make a Food Alphabet
Place words on plates.
TIP: Have a chopstick or other object with a blunt end on hand to help ease food out of the cutters.
Consider using non-marbled, relatively hard cheese such as Cheddar; and ground, sliced meats such as bologna work best for achieving crisp, clean cut-out letters. Fancier meats and cheese may look prettier but can crumble and be difficult to cut out.
Step 2: Photograph Your Edible Letters
Photograph each plate individually. Use a plain plate (no distracting patterns) and lots of evenly distributed light.
Download photo, crop to 5” x 7” and save.
Need lighting help? Never fear, get pro advice at our guide to shooting at home!
Step 3: Print and Cut
Next, you’ll laminate your cut-outs. You can get your photos laminated at any copy store.
Laminate your cut-outs and trim them again leaving a border of extra laminate around the edges. It should be approximately ¼” wide.
Step 4: Glue It Together!
Run a bead of glue down the middle of a clothespin then center sign and attach (you may have to hold the sign in place for a few seconds while the glue takes hold).
Let dry overnight.
Step 5: Assign Your Tags
Become hostess extraordinaire when you use your new food identification tags!
Take It Further
- Make personalized place cards using a photo of each guest monogrammed with their cut-out initials.
- After dinner attach the place cards to each person’s leftovers to avoid mix-ups!
- Create name tags for each specific dish being served.
- Keep glasses with their owners by making numbered tags which can be attached to wine stems.
- If you are a guest bring tags as a hostess gift!