How to Arrange a Dessert Plate

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How to Arrange a Dessert Plate
Arranging several different slices of dessert on a plate gives the diner several options to choose from. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

At a dinner party, the entrées are usually the star of the show, but the desserts are the thing your guests will remember. You eat with all of your senses, not just taste, and an attractively arranged dessert tray will leave your guests something to remember for the drive home. Putting some thought into dessert presentation will help make each sweet treat more desirable.

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  • Desserts
  • Serving platters
  • Garnishes

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    Arrange several similar items on a single plate. Using your best round white china platter, arrange similar slices of fresh pastries, such as different kinds of cake, on a plate together. Ideally, put no more than four slices on a plate so that the diners can see what the slices look like. Do the same thing with other desserts, such as slices of pie. Garnish each slice of pastry appropriately.

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    Showcase different desserts together. If you only have a couple of desserts to serve, put them together on one plate. For example, if you're offering carrot cake, fresh berry torte, crème brûlée, and pecan pie for dessert, use a large white china plate (can be any shape) and put all of your desserts on one plate. The differences in the style of desserts will be appealing to your guests.

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    Plate desserts by themselves. Using small white china dishes, plate your desserts individually. In this case, you will want to plate each dessert attractively, using designs made from the sauces that accompany the dessert, such as a crisscross pattern or a spider web.

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