Plan. When serving Nancy's appetizers & desserts with a meal, guests will eat about 3-5 pieces per person; without a main meal, guests will eat about 6-8 pieces per person. Try to offer at least 5 varieties of hot and cold appetizers and desserts. Garnish. Garnish with edible flowers, olives, fresh herb sprigs, small fruits or sliced vegetables such as colorful bell peppers. Present. Consider using interesting dishes with several shapes and sizes to emphasize the variety of foods you are serving. Decorate plates with tiny dollops of pesto, or drizzles of creamy salad dressings.