Other things to keep in mind. Clean up is also easier, as one hand can take all items back to the fridge. Remember that if mayonnaise or mayonnaise based products are included in the six-pack then you will want to get the container back into the fridge sooner than later (see our mayonnaise page for more information).
Now the only problem that remains is what to place into all those tiny shelves on the inside of the refrigerator doors after you’ve filled a condiment server. Keep things on the door that do not need the coldest refrigeration, because of the constant opening of the door. Ideas are chocolates, syrups, nuts, oils – especially in the summer when the cupboards get a little warm for these types of items.
An empty six-pack is also an easy way to serve a large salad, since dressed leftover salads don’t have a very long shelf life but undressed they can last for days. Fill another six-pack container with a variety of salad dressings and place it next to a large bowl of lettuce. Then let guests enjoy their dressing of choice. Same concept, easy to place onto the buffet and easy to clean up after, just beware that not all shapes of salad dressing containers will fit into the slim six-pack slots.
In fact, if you have another empty six-pack container it also works great as a utensil and napkin holder at the end of the buffet table. You can sort the silverware into separate slots and even offer napkins and straws all within easy reach and safe from a sudden gust of wind. No bulky empty container to pack back into the car when the party is over either, just head for the nearest recycle bin if tossing is desired.
For some ideas on what foods work well for a picnic, see our picnic foods post.
For optimal arrangement of a refrigerator, see picnic foods post.