Whenever I go to any sort of store that sellsÂ serve wareÂ or kitchen accessories, I get excited. Chris usually has to steer me clear of the section and just says, “No.” I then proceed with a puppy pout and I can almost always see a little weak spot, where I can somehow convince him that I NEED that spoon/plate/bowl/etc. Usually it doesn’t work though, unless it’s actually something I’ve been talking about forever. And sometimes when he firmly tells me no, he goes back and gets it for me later. He’s the best <3
A lot of my friends think that I have the fanciest, most colourful plates and glasses for my blog. However, if you look closely at my photos, I don’t like to have much colour in my props. I prefer to let the colours of my food shine through, and the best way to do that is to have a minimalistic backdrop for my food to shine. Think of a white plate as my canvas, and the food as my paint. Food is my medium. Photography is my art.
However, for some of my more pale, uncoloured foods (like vanilla ice cream or just plain old cookies), I need something with a little colour to bring life to my photo. In those cases, I add a little napkin, or tea towel for a distraction. I don’t like to throw in too much to distract from the food though. I tried that back in the summer of 2012 and I quickly learned that it wasn’t my style.
Now I’ve divided most of my props between glasses; ceramics; cutlery, bowls & other glasses; and miscellaneous props. I had another cake stand that was my favourite, but it literally just broke which makes me super sad. I’ve described the item, as well as where I got it, for those who are food bloggers like I am or for those who just like minimalistic food props =P
As you can see, most of my props are bought at Dollarama because I am cheap, clumsy, and I only have a student’s budget to work with. The rest is bought at thrift stores like Good Will or Value Village, or at restaurant supplier stores in Chinatown in Toronto (so cheap!). Also some of these props are my roommate’s, and I recently bought some cool plates from a flea market inÂ Middletown, PA, I just haven’t taken a photo of them yet.
At some point, I’ll do a little exposÃ© on how I plate my foods (again, very simple, with a clean garnish), as well as the appliances I use, but in the meantime, have a look see below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below!
DISCLAIMER: There are affiliate links below, linking you to the site where I bought some of my props.
- Wine glass – Dollarama
- Organic Milk Bottle – Evergreen Natural Food Store
- Martini glass – This is actually my roommates, but I would have gotten one from Dollarama
- Glass bottle with stopper – Ikea
- Glass carafe – Tap Phong Trading Company (restaurant supplier in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Irish coffee glass – B & J Trading Company (restaurant supplier and gift shop in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Coffee/tea glass – Goodwill
- Dessert glass – Dollarama
- Tall glass – Dollarama
- Margarita glass – Dollarama
- Milkshake glass – Tap Phong Trading CompanyÂ (restaurant supplier in Chinatown, Toronto)
- White plate – Dollarama
- Soup bowl with handle – Dollarama
- Square soup bowl – Forum Brand (it’s my roommate’s bowl =P)
- Round bowl with ridges – Dunnes Home brand (hand-me-downs)
- Curved plate – Dollarama
- Round, embellished plate – Ikea
- Small rectangular plate – Dollarama
CUTLERY, BOWLS, AND OTHER GLASSES
- Antique silver cutlery – gift from my friend, Danielle, who got the set from her grandmother (I was really, really excited when she gave it to me, but she doesn’t seem to understand my excitement)
- Fluted, ceramic, mini-tart molds – these are my roommates, but I think she got them from Ma Cuisine, in Ottawa
- Tart mold -Â Tap Phong Trading Company (restaurant supplier in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Plain, white, ceramic mug – President’s Choice brand (Loblaws, the grocery store)
- Tall milkshake/float glass -Â B & J Trading Company (restaurant supplier and gift shop in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Small glass bowls – Dollarama
- Wooden spoons – A wicker and bamboo gift store in Chinatown (I can’t remember the name)
- Ice cream bowls (pink, yellow, green, and blue) – Kitchen Stuff Plus (Toronto)
- Red paper straws – Chapters, a book store, but I’ve also found these in various stores that sell crafts, cookbooks, and kitchen accessories
- Enamel mug – Goodwill
- Bamboo cutting boards – Amazon
- Coffee/Tea mug and plate set – Goodwill
- Large ceramic plate -Â Tap Phong Trading Company (restaurant supplier in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Umbrella garnishes -Â B & J Trading Company (restaurant supplier and gift shop in Chinatown, Toronto)
- Bamboo skewers -Â B & J Trading Company (restaurant supplier and gift shop in Chinatown, Toronto)
- White cake stand -Â AmazonÂ (link isn’t the exact same one, but it’s close)
- Red and blue plaid teacloths – Ikea
- Soup bowl with handle – Goodwill
If you have any questions, let me know!