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7 Tips for Professional Appetizer Presentation

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With holiday parties right around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about ways to make your event sophisticated and memorable. Appetizers provide the first culinary experience for your guests and set the stage for the rest of the night. Being able to present your sophisticated appetizers like a professional will help your event to stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips to get you started.

Make It Uniform

Your appetizer presentation also applies to non-food items. When all elements of your event are aligned, the event will always emit a more sophisticated and polished look. Consider keeping all of your skewers, picks, plates, tasting utensils and serving trays in the same color scheme.

Another way to make a uniform impression with your sophisticated appetizers is to use the same material throughout the presentation. For example, use bamboo skewers alongside bamboo plates for a natural and organic feeling.

Customize It

Show your guests that you have paid attention to every detail by including custom extras. Add your logo, event name or another particular indicator to specialty picks.You can also customize items in other ways, such as using labeled picks or skewers to indicate whether different sandwiches are vegan or the temperature of a meat appetizer. Remember, successful appetizer presentation is also about staying organized.

Introduce Color

Infuse color into your presentation with a surprise ingredient. Add pineapple or dragon fruit on a beef kabob to liven up the color. Garnish plates with a slice of fresh fruit or drizzle them with a provocative color glaze.

Fresh basil or parsley is also a favorite option to add a bit of color to the plate. Other produce options can add a zest of color, such as carrots, oranges, raspberries, bell peppers and spinach. This trick is especially effective if you use white or neutral serving dishes because the colors pop.

Roll Them Up

Many food presentation ideas are actually quite simple. Give your appetizers an impressive flair by rolling them up. This can take the shape of pin rolls, lettuce-wrapped appetizers, cut wraps or cucumber feta rolls. Stick a decorative pick into the center of each roll-up to keep them in place.


Place each appetizer on its own small plate for an elegant look. Arrange all of the little dishes on a large serving platter in a circular pattern or a uniform pattern in which all of the plates are spaced the same amount of distance from each other. This technique is excellent for enhancing the visual appeal of your party or event.

Use Skewers

Using skewers allows you to create a visually inviting setting without having to take up as much table space as you would if placing everything in individual compartments. Skewers can hold meats, but they can also present a beautiful display of fruit or veggies. Add olives, banana peppers, sandwich meats and cheese together as a creative alternative to a sandwich.

Put It in a Cup

Use small cups or shot glasses as the base for your appetizer. Swirl purple onion, spinach and peppers together at the bottom of a shot glass topped with a cracker or mini bite for an artistic look. Use bamboo tasting cups as an eco-friendly alternative for this tip. Cups also work wonders as holders for dips to accompany your other appetizers.

You do not have to be a professional chef to focus on appetizer presentation at your event. However, by paying close attention to detail, you can enhance the look and feel of your event.

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