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SiotehCat:
For Easter and Thanksgiving, MIL cooks a huge meal and invites us over. DH's Aunt and Uncle are also invited.

She always makes way too much food because she likes to send the left overs home with us. She saves all kinds of plastic containers and brings them all out to pack the left overs in. A few of them are plastic gladware containers, some cool whip tubs, sour cream containers, "to go" containers from restaurants, etc...

We like her cooking, but we could do without so many left overs. Most of it gets thrown out because I can't eat the same thing 5 days in a row. The containers get reused, but eventually get recycled.

MIL issued the usual Easter invitation this year and we have accepted. Dinner is Sunday. We received an email yesterday asking us to bring back the containers. We don't have the containers.

I did buy a new set of pyrex food storage containers.

We wont get a chance to speak to Mil before Sunday. I am sure that she wants us to bring the containers back to use them for our leftovers, but there is the slight chance that she just wants her plastic containers back.

Should I bring my glass set and give them to her? Or bring the set and assume its to put our leftovers in? Should I bring a plastic set and give it to her?

My In laws are well off, but my MIL recycles or collects everything. I would hate to gift her a plastic set because I know she would see it as a waste. I also wouldn't tell her that we bought any of those containers specifically for the event. She would think it silly. Maybe I should just eat a lot of chinese takeout until Sunday.

Amara:
Why not just ask her? You can tell her you no longer have the original containers and see what she prefers. Some people tend to collect these; would anyone you know have ones they might be willing to give you?

JenJay:
I would say "I apologize. I didn't realize you would want the containers back so I recycled them. I'd be happy to buy you a set of plastic containers to replace them. How many do you need?" See what she says? I can't think of a way to ask about bringing your glass set without it sounding like "I'm expecting leftovers.", even though you know she's probably planning on sending some home with you. Can you or DH ask her outright without it being awkward?

My family saves those same types of containers to use for the "Here, take this!" leftovers. Nobody has ever wanted them back.

rose red:
You said you can't speak to her before Sunday, but does she check her email daily so that you can ask that way?

Venus193:

--- Quote from: JenJay on March 29, 2013, 07:39:14 PM ---I would say "I apologize. I didn't realize you would want the containers back so I recycled them. I'd be happy to buy you a set of plastic containers to replace them. How many do you need?" See what she says? I can't think of a way to ask about bringing your glass set without it sounding like "I'm expecting leftovers.", even though you know she's probably planning on sending some home with you. Can you or DH ask her outright without it being awkward?

My family saves those same types of containers to use for the "Here, take this!" leftovers. Nobody has ever wanted them back.

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This.

I always use the Glad-type plastic containers when bringing something to a friend and if there are leftovers to take home I get them back, so to speak.  I don't worry about getting them back, which is why I never bought more expensive ones.

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