10 Ways to Style Dinner Like a Pro
Skewers aren't just for meat on the grill. Fruit, cheese, veggies -- even dessert -- can be threaded on a stick. Just be sure to cut off any pointy ends for safety.
Serve It With Dip
Dipping isn't just for veggies or chips. Hold the sauce back from your meal and serve it on the side instead. Not only does it look pretty, but it also allows eaters to personalize their dish, which is especially fun for little ones!
Make It Bite-Sized
Bring cocktail party style to the dinner table by serving main meals in small bites.
Architectural stacks of food are a thing of the past in restaurants, but at home, stacking food can transform a messy, sprawling platter into an elegant display.
Put It On a Puff Pastry Tart
Nothing is more sophisticated -- or easier! -- than a puff pastry tart. Open a box, unroll the dough, layer with ingredients, bake, and impress.
A little bit of garnish makes a big bit of difference. Keep it easy with a sprinkle of bright green herbs or get crafty with (surprisingly simple!) dried pineapple flowers.
Cookie cutters aren't just for cookie dough anymore! Opt for fun shapes if you're serving kids. Use simple forms to give your food clean edges and a refined look when entertaining grown ups. Quick tip: slick your cutter with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to your food.
Monochromatic food is the enemy of the eye. Avoid serving unsightly bowls of drab food by layering ingredients. Leave an edge of each layer showing under the next to achieve a pretty look.
Make It In a Muffin Tin
Muffin tins are the secret to churning out cute individual servings without extra work. From pizza to meatloaves, mac and cheese to tarts: if you can bake or freeze it, it can be made in a muffin tin.
Keep It Colorful
Think color when choosing ingredients and garnishes. Grab a rainbow of veggies and experiment with new ingredient varieties: purple carrots, red lentils, yellow peppers, oh my!
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