Locating disposable placemats

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 9:03am
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I am certain that a long while back I read of someone who figured out how to order "disposable placemats" for their kids to eat lunch off of at school. As I recall they ordered them bulk from a wholesale food distributor. They were kind of like disposable liners for plastic trays. I have searched and searched for this thread but can't find it.

I've already considered other options. Table toppers have only childish designs. Tinfoil I imagine would get pretty expensive. Paper towels are too moisture absorbent. Right now I am planning on laminating (at home) an 8x11 sheet of paper that would hopefully last about a week to make my own placemat that fits in his lunch, but I'd prefer something more convenient. Anyone know where to get these?

Luvmyboys

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 10:23am
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I have seen thin paper placemats in packages of about 20 or so, maybe 40, at Party supply stores. They sell them next to the cheap plastic table cloths and such. They come in many colors and although they may be kind of large, you could easily cut them in half.
Also, you might try a bulk store like Sam's club.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 10:25am
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I got to thinking about this & there are "disposable" lightweight plastic (single use) table cloths at party stores & I've seem them sometimes maybe at Sam's (in bulk). For the time being, you could buy these & just cut them up into mat-sized pieces. Single use & wouldn't be very costly.
Do you have a restaurant supply store in your area that sells to the public?
Hope this helps a little . . .
~Eliz

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 10:27am
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lilpig, you & I have Karma today. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 10:43am
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[url="http://www.tabletopper.com/nsallergy.htm"]http://www.tabletopper.com/nsallergy.htm[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 11:40am
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OK...did my own digging on google and came up with these...3 cents apiece or so. After looking though I think I am going to give my laminated paper a try though....it would be sturdier and stay in place better. We'll see how many washings it can tolerate or how lazy I get and then see about ordering these =) Luvmyboys
[url="http://www.bagbox2.com/ecommerce/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?CID=218&IID=6524"]http://www.bagbox2.com/ecommerce/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?CID=218&IID=6524[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 11:59am
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I've seen the table topper things at Babies R Us and Rite Aid.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 1:43pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b]lilpig, you & I have Karma today. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]
Indeedy do good neightbor! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 1:53pm
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I read that someone used the big white heavy chinet paper napkins (fairly thick) and their child unfolded them at lunch and they make a fairly large surface to eat on. I'm not sure how thick/absorbent they would be (better than a paper towel I would think). Would be easy to find though- just not wipeable.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:58pm
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Quote:Originally posted by luvmyboys:
[b]I am certain that a long while back I read of someone who figured out how to order "disposable placemats" for their kids to eat lunch off of at school. As I recall they ordered them bulk from a wholesale food distributor. They were kind of like disposable liners for plastic trays. I have searched and searched for this thread but can't find it.
I've already considered other options. Table toppers have only childish designs. Tinfoil I imagine would get pretty expensive. Paper towels are too moisture absorbent. Right now I am planning on laminating (at home) an 8x11 sheet of paper that would hopefully last about a week to make my own placemat that fits in his lunch, but I'd prefer something more convenient. Anyone know where to get these?
Luvmyboys[/b]
Hi Luvmyboys,
That might have been my post where I described that for 3rd grade, we included this in our cafeteria accommodations as part of integrating DS to be able to sit with his friends (rather than isolated at a Peanut-free table).
Anyway, I think I mentioned that our school was pursuing this item to be purchased through a local restaurant supply company. Don't have the specifics, but they did provide this item daily for DS last year.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 4:54pm
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FAAN offeres these:
[url="https://www.foodallergy.org/shoppingcart/cgi-bin/msascartlist.dll/ProductInfo?productcd=AMAT"]https://www.foodallergy.org/shoppingcart/cgi-bin/msascartlist.dll/ProductInfo?productcd=AMAT[/url]
Cathy

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