Make your party look like it was professionally catered and decorated with just a few detailed additions to your hors d'oeuvres presentation.
When served on a wooden tray laden with items such as baked potatoes with creme fraiche, salmon roe, and chives, heated rock salt can help to keep your hors d'oeuvres warm. Simply reheat the potatoes on the salt in the oven at 350 degrees for between 10 and 15 minutes. Tip: Protect yourself from burns by using an underlying platter.
Seaweed and Rock or Coarse Salt
Use seaweed and rock or coarse salt when serving shrimp or raw oysters. Unlike ice, the salt provides support for items like oysters and clams, but will not melt.
Simply take chickpeas from their jar, cover a platter with them, and top with pita cups full of red hummus to add color to your serving set up.
Dress up hors d'oeuvres such as beef or chicken sate by first covering your serving pedestal with peanuts. Then, place the sate, on skewers with peanut sauce, atop your peanut base, creating a lovely -- and entirely edible -- display.
Add some extra flair to skewered salmon appetizers by first covering the platter with an array of appropriate spices, such as fennel, coriander, and cumin. Then, simply place the skewered salmon and dipping sauce atop your spice-covered platter.