An Idea for Serving Finger Foods
Making a First Impression
We all know about the importance of making a great first impression. I believe this to be true regardless of whether you are a person or a nut.
And no, I don't mean a person who has gone off the deep end, but the 'down-to-earth', sweet or savory and wholesome snack.
It usually happens with a brief glance, somewhere in the neighborhood of three seconds, for someone to decide whether they are interested in trying a finger food or not. In this very short amount of time, we form an opinion about the food that is offered to us.
You are usually already juggling a drink and a napkin, so adding anything more to your hands has to be worth your while. Unless you are starving.
We evaluate our choices based primarily on appearance and presentation. First impressions are long lasting and difficult to change, making those first 'encounters' between you and 'the nut' extremely important.
Whether you know it or not, the nut's first impression sets the tone for the behavior which follows. "Yes, please." Or, "No, thank you."
Folding Paper Into a Cone - Step by Step Instructions
The Importance of Presentation
We all know that physical appearance matters. It is the first clue we have to go on when we 'meet' something for the first time. This does not mean that the nut needs to pull off a special trick to impress you, but in order to create a strong and positive first impression, presentation is key.
Just like people can make smart choices about their dress, so can you in the way you choose to present the nuts. Begin by considering the setting. Is it elegant or casual, whimsical, or rustic? Developing a presentation idea which is an extension of the theme for your party is an important preparatory step.
As you plan, remember that creating a great impression does not mean that you have to conform to a set standard or loose your individuality. In fact, presenting nuts in a fresh and creative way will be more appealing to the eye and more tempting for people to try. As long as your presentation fits the theme to some degree and is appropriate for the party, I encourage you to express your personal style.
A Winning Presentation For Nuts
My sister got married in the Oregon wine country a few weeks ago. If you have never traveled to that part of the world before, the area surrounding McMinnville, OR welcomes you to an experience that is 100% casual, laid back, and relaxing. The concept of farm to fork also reigns supreme there, giving visitors a peak into healthy and eco-friendly living.
Locals take pride not only in their wines but also in the their food. This lifestyle, along with the backdrop of an olive oil mill, lent itself to hosting a reception that incorporated a lot of natural, whimsical and rustic touches.
During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on spiked punch and helped themselves to a paper cone filled with roasted, mixed nuts. It was the perfect combination of sweet and savory, easy to manage, and at one with the setting.
Start with two pieces of paper, preferably from a magazine for an appealing design and splash of color. No two cones will be exactly the same which is part of the fun. Be sure to use heavier gauge paper as found in specialty magazines on cooking or architecture. Cut to size, a rectangle approximately 5 by 8 inches. Then follow the folds as demonstrated in the video link above. Secure paper in place with a thin line of glue.
Fill the the cone with nuts. We used a mix available at Target. Decorate with a sprig of rosemary and arrange into a display using a vintage soda bottle crate. Place on table near drink station and watch the cones disappear into the crowd.
All done. Enjoy compliment after compliment.