I am wondering if anyone else has had this experience.
On Saturday I took a plate of candies to a Christmas party. At the end of the evening there were 3 pieces left on the plate - the 3 that I had decorated with transfer sheets. This has happened to me before. Admittedly, I live in rural, upstate New York but this party was in Ithaca and the majority of guests were Cornell faculty - not an unsophisticated group. And I know for a fact that the pieces on which I had used luster dust were eaten by my husband - other wise they may have still been there. Last year I caught my daughter slicing off the tops of some candies because "they don't look like real candy".
It is not just candy. Last October my husband and I took part in a weekend junket at the Sagamore in the NY Adirondacks sponsored by a major plumbing HVAC supplier for people in the industry and spouses (I was a spouse). The final dinner was quite elaborate - my halibut had 2 sauces plus a lemon foam accompanied by a spiced sweet potato puree ( which was wonderful), braised fennel, spinach and another vegetable that I cannot remember. At my table, the majority of plate were sent back hardly touched and from glances at the wait staff's trays, that was common. Dessert came topped with a chocolate cut out decorated with a fantastic transfer - no one but my husband and I ate it even after I explained what it was.
So, my question is this: when I am having tons of fun decorating the candy and food I make, am I forgetting the people who will be eating it?