This doesn't need much explanation, does it? They're like wine glass charms for the Budweiser set. Wondering which beer is yours? Why, it's the one with last week's asparagus rubber band around it.
We came up with this idea when we were creating this spring shopping roundup. The cute, little suction cups for wine glasses (from CB2) were refreshingly different than the typical metal ring charms.
But we drink much more beer than we do wine, especially when the weather warms up. So we started thinking about ways to identify bottles. Because who hasn't set down a beer bottle, only to come back and wonder if yours was the half-full or quarter-full one?
If you're like us, you have a stash of rubber bands left over from heads of broccoli, bunches of asparagus, and and the newspaper. We're lucky that we have an assortment of colors: pink, blue, green, purple, tan, white. They make perfect beer identification bands, as long as you don't have a huge party (although then you might be serving more than one kind of beer, which also helps). And they're free!
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(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)