We love to make Italian meals into celebrations, and an antipasto always kicks off the party. This one is almost too pretty to eat, especially when sprinkled with pimientos, fresh basil and parsley. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
Starting with packaged cheese cubes hurries along this lovely display. But trim your grocery bill by buying blocks of cheese and cutting them yourself, and trim time by using plain walnut or pecan halves instead of making the Candied Walnuts. Cost: $38.16
We stacked 12-inch, 10-inch and 8-inch cake plates to create this tiered display.
Kids of all ages will love these easy apple wedges at snack time. With protein from peanut butter and a hint of sweetness and crunch, the quick-to-fix bites make a fun and healthy treat. —Jacquie Berg, St. Cloud, Wisconsin
Who wouldn't fall in love with these colorful skewered snacks that resemble the winged fellow's well-aimed arrows? The pretty selection of fresh fruit is dreamy when served with a light and wonderfully smooth cherry dip.
-Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
"Children seem to be fascinated by bugs. So during a spring visit, my great-nieces and I had fun making fresh fruit salads that looked like garden insects," says Sherry Masters, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mandy Paige-Wrischnik assembled this lovely ladybug while her sister made a cute caterpillar.
These apricot-filled burritos are popular with my son and his friends. I usually have a plateful ready for them as a sweet after-school snack. It's easy since they can be together in minutes.—Charl Sanchez, Roseville, California