When you're planning your next corporate event or social celebration around a specific theme, you want to take a consistent approach to that theme. Every aspect of your event should contribute to the overall effect, whether you're going for a Beach Bash, Country Western Day, Fabulous '50s Night or whatever fun environment you can dream up. But the appropriate visual effect doesn't begin and end with the centerpieces and wall decorations -- your food should be part of the decor as well!
Consider the aforementioned Beach Bash, for example. Obviously seafood is a no-brainer for your menu, whether you decide to go with oysters on the half shell and buckets of cold beer or an elaborate fish dinner. (Just make sure you include some non-seafood beach favorites for guests who might dislike or be allergic to seafood.) A bright, colorful presentation featuring beach balls or beach umbrellas will flatter your food choices perfectly. For that Fabulous '50s Night, how about a "drive-in" environment complete with ice cream sodas, root beer floats and other nostalgic treats, served up by old-time "soda jerks" complete with white jackets and hats?
Sometimes the venue itself provides inspiration for your food design. Take a look at these toolbox-mounted food displays we created for an event at a car exhibit hall. That's the kind of creativity that makes guests take a second look. And check out this "artist's palette" of hors d'oeuvres we created for an art museum event. The food itself has been prepared with an eye for beauty, completing the artistic theme.