1. If you’re serving a whole cake, cut at least the first piece, if not six or eight. Leave the knife there for cutting more pieces. Of course, be sure to provide plates and forks nearby.
2. If you’re serving large cookies or doughnuts, cut them into quarters so people can taste without committing to a big cookie. After all, there are many other goodies to try.
3. If you’re serving nuts, olives or small chocolate candies, be sure to supply a serving spoon.
4. If you’re serving any kind of salad or pasta, be sure to provide plates, serving spoons and utensils. I recommend avoiding these kinds of foods for buffet parties, as they’re harder to eat while standing up.
5. If you’re bringing goodies to someone else’s party, bringing your own serving dish and serving spoon ensures your contribution will be served and enjoyed, and your hosts will appreciate not needing to round up more dishes they’ll have to wash later. For extra credit bring a sign saying what you brought and even ingredients, so anyone with food allergies will know what's safe.
What I’ve noticed about people at parties is that if it’s not easy to eat something, they probably won’t eat it. After all, the main reason for attending the party is enjoying the company. No one wants to be looking for utensils or serving pieces or wondering how to cut something. Whether you’re hosting the party or just bringing a contribution as a guest, here are some helpful tips:
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