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Keeping Bees at Bay: Food Guards

Martha Stewart Living, July 2003

Turn away picnic-table pests with inexpensive sewing supplies: embroidery hoops and muslin. Buy hoops that are slightly larger than the rims of your pitchers and serving bowls. With pinking shears, cut cloth squares two to three inches wider than each hoop. Position a piece of fabric in each hoop to create handy covers.


Comments (8)

  • clemmatis 12 Aug, 2010

    Why not use pretty handkerchiefs? The old fashioned printed ones would look very nice on a picnic table.

  • ChateauChic 12 Aug, 2010

    I find that the clear shower caps (the free hotel kind) or the $1 store kind (either 5 or 10 for 1$) are the best to protect your food items, plates, small appliances etc. The are great for your kitchen counter appliances. The BONUS is if used to cover food outside, you can still see the beauty of the food. These are also VERY economical.

  • Amagrande 12 Aug, 2010

    How clever!! Can't wait to try this idea at our end of summer party.

  • zookyiv 12 Aug, 2010

    If you place the fabric on a piece of colored plastic wrap before placing it in the hoop, you could use colored or painted fabrics without worry of food contamination. It would also prevent staining of the fabric should the food come in contact with the lid. Colors could be coordinated w/table settings etc. Endless possibilities!!!!

  • DDiana 12 Aug, 2010

    Great idea! Inexpensive and washable too! Love that it won't take up loads of storage space either. If you wanted to get creative, one could use a washable marker and write the name of the dish/ drink on the muslin so it would be easier to search for an item on the table.

  • MomOfTMBB 12 Aug, 2010

    I absolutely love this idea. We have several pitch-ins and catering events in my office and this would be a much eaiser way of covering the dishes back up between employees than putting plastic wrap and aluminum foil back over.

  • Mewnormick 12 Aug, 2010

    This has to be the best idea ever. So (or SEW) easy. I'm having a party next weekend and will have to make some of these up!!

  • Sharon Carbine 12 Aug, 2010

    Wonderful idea!