How to Eat?
On appetizer plates! I love them, but I don't have many. In fact, I only have 4, one for each member of my family. If we were to have company over for this type of meal, I would have no problem investing in a set or two. My favorites are the ones where each plate is slightly different. This is a fun meal, so the plates should be fun, too. This is your chance to go a little crazy!
As for serveware, here are a few indispensible items I recommend for a no-cook meal:
- Buy the biggest tray you can find that isn't metal. Stick with ceramics, if possible. It's perfect for fruit, sandwiches, salads, and anything else you'll serve for a large crowd.
- Buy at least one divided platter as they are perfect for holding nibbles.
- Skip the single use items. Instead of an olive boat, buy a rectangle platter that comes with three bowls. You don't need to use all three bowls, at least not on the platter. Use the platter and one bowl for carrots and hummus (like I did the other night). Use the other bowls on the table to hold nuts and olives.
- If space is at a premium, a tiered serving tray is nice to have--but only if you think you'll get plenty of use from it and you have the storage space.
Aside from the tiered serving tray (I don't own one because I don't have the storage space), I prefer flat platters, dishes, and trays with no or low lips. They are easy to stack and take up very little room in a cupboard when organized well.