When you're not using your silver julep cups for bourbon cocktails, turn them into festive serving containers for cheese straws.
Line each cup with a linen napkin to keep the cheese straws upright in the cup and to prevent salt and oils from contact with
Decorative glass jars are great for food gifts, but they're also a fun way to present and serve treats on a holiday dessert
table. Buy jars with lids to match your table setting theme or decorate your own jars with ribbon, raffia or fabric.
There's no time like the present to get out those silver trays you received as wedding gifts and use them for serving party
sandwiches. Nothing dresses up a table better than silver, so don't wait for a formal occasion to show your style.
For a casual gathering, consider serving these bite-size corn bread muffins directly from the baking pan. Loosen the muffins
from the pan to make it easier for guests to pick up with their fingers. This way of serving the bread works great for a "top-your-own
chili" party or a soup bar in the kitchen.
Rather than a presenting a platter full of the same item, use a dish with compartments and place small portions of different
kinds of finger foods in each section. Include an easy-to-pick up cheese appetizer along with roasted nuts, olives, and fresh
Bag up these mini-popcorn balls in small paper bags, and arrange the bags on a tray with a piece of ribbon. Look for small
bags to match your party theme at craft stores or in the gift wrap section of variety stores.
Although festive holiday tins are usually reserved for food gifts, there's certainly nothing wrong with using them as serving
containers. It's a great way to add a festive holiday theme to the table without spending a fortune on serving pieces. Line
the tin with a square of parchment paper and fill it up with candy or cookies.