The concept of serving fresh bread to guests is simple. It’s done simply, but its impact on your guests can be stunning! And when it comes to appetizers, nothing is more fun than cheese and crackers!
If you want to improve your service experience, here are a few ideas for making the most of your fresh bread:
Use freshness as your theme – When serving your guests, make sure that the cheese and crackers in your plate are fresh as well. Choose vegetables that are going to go stale in just a few days, and make sure that you prepare those vegetables yourself. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have a simple and subtle theme going for your dinner table.
For example, if you serve fresh food, but try to use the same cooking techniques on your dish as you do on the other dishes, you will be able to work the meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables into the same theme. This will not only get them all to look the same but will also help to tone down the presentation and save money on a lot of dishes.
Put up pictures – People love to see photos on their plates, so why not use pictures to display the food on the plate? You can take beautiful pictures with your cell phone or digital camera and put them up on the plates at your party.
Of course, you will want to do it in small sizes, as you don’t want the guests to get full of food and get confused when trying to find the plate they need. Then, when they ask who made the food, you can just say, “I served the food myself!”
Make a colorful menu – If you do have guests that are light and bright colored, you may want to use a lot of brightly colored plates to help keep them from being distracted. The main thing is to not let colors and patterns distract them from the main focus of your plate – the crackers and cheese. So, if you are serving yellow/orange food, for example, use light and cheery colors like yellow, orange, green, and yellow.
You also want to use complementary colors, so for example, if you want to use light yellow plates for appetizers, you may want to consider using light blue ones for entrees. This is a little trick you can use to get more attention and get your guests to look at your plates. Plus, it helps to get the imagination working.
Use illustrations – Using images and illustrations can really spice up your food. A person cannot help but come across your food, and the illustrations can grab the attention of many people.
So if you want to attract attention, you may want to think about using illustrations and pictures. They can be cute and can help to draw attention to your plates.
Have fun with your graphics – Whether you use text or images, if you are serving fresh bread, you want to make sure that you keep it interesting. Guests will probably want to pass the plate around, so use the same graphics on each plate, and use different images for your plates depending on the type of food you are serving.
There are many great ways to spice up a plate. Remember, cheese and crackers are a good way to make your guests feel like they are in their home. Serve fresh food with a little fun and you will have a perfect evening.