Party-Perfect Recipes from a Celebrity Caterer

New York City caterer Peter Callahan specializes in outrageously cute miniature versions of comfort food favorites. In his new cookbook Bite By Bite he shares his secrets for creating stylish, unforgettable party food at home (6 Photos)

Lisa Cericola on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:26AM

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Party-Perfect Recipes from a Celebrity Caterer

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Plating and Presentation Tips

"If there's one thing I have learned during many years of catering parties, it's that a great party is never just about the food -- it's about the spectacle of presentation, too," Callahan writes. Here are his favorite tips for displaying food.

•Serve hors d’oeuvres in silver boxes or hinged wooden boxes.

•Look for interesting cake plates and tiered hors d’oeuvres stands for serving.

•Choose colors and shapes that work with the decor of your house and then mix in neutrals.

•Use Chinese takeout boxes stuffed with parsley for Asian-inspired food.

•Hors d’oeuvres are often everyone’s favorite, so put three on a small plate and make it a meal.

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