How to Garnish Party Trays

Learn How to Dress Up Your Plates Like a Pro

Just when you think you've mastered the art of entertaining, you realize there's one technique you haven't conquered yet - the art of food garnishing. A well-crafted garnish will seriously elevate the impression your cooking makes upon your guests. It's well worth the time it takes to learn and practice. With the help of these links, and a little practice, you should be a pro before your next dinner party.

Asparagus Flowers - Learn how to make asparagus flowers for both garnishing and to serve as unique, stand alone appetizers.

Cucumber Spiral Garnishes - Learn how to make cucumber spirals for garnishing your party trays.

Cucumber Curled Fan Garnishes - Here's a technique for an elegant cucumber garnish.

How to Garnish a Cheese Plate - Find ideas for five different ways you can dress up a cheese tray.

How to Rim a Cocktail Glass - Learn how to dress up your cocktails with this easy technique.

How to Make a Lemon Spiral - Create the technique for creating this fun garnish with nothing more than a lemon and a zester.

An Apple Bird - Step-by-step illustrated instructions for creating a lovely swan from an apple.

Autumn Cheese Wreath - Instructions from the I Love Cheese site for creating a wreath presentation out of cheese slices.

Better - A Quick Blast of Flavor - Ideas for creative and healthy garnishes that can be added to a bowl of soup.

How to Make a Watermelon Basket - Step by step instructions with photos of the project and the appropriate garnishing tools.