There are a lot of cocktail foods that require the eater to bit something off or spit a pit out of their mouth - olives, shrimp with tails, summer cherries. We always include a small bowl on our hors d'oeuvres platter for the inconvenient side effects of these delicious foods. But don't just put a naked bowl out for those ugly little pits...
It's unappetizing for other guests to look down onto an olive platter with a bowl of half-chewed pits staring them in the face. So we add a handful of fresh herbs like rosemary, parsley, or sage to our pit bowls to cover up and disguise the pits or tails going into it.
It's a tiny detail, but we like details like this to add just one more level of care to our entertaining platters. Do you have any tips like this that make your table just a little more friendly to guests?
(Images: Faith Hopler)