That is my mom's fault. She is a fanatic about food looking beautiful! I think I was about 6 or 7 before I knew butter came in sticks and tubs. She has these tiny little cookie cutters and she cuts pats of butter into shapes, spade, flur di lis, moon, stuff like that. I thought everyone kept little plates in the freezer to put the butter pats on so they wouldn't melt. She is a professional cake decorator and she used to do some catering. She does the neatest stuff w/tables and cakes and all that. So I inhearited some of it. My passion is more of the decorating and party planning stuff. I feel guilty to this day if I serve anything on the table in it's original container. Like butter, sour cream all that. I think mom will be watching. She always grows her own parsley and mint for basic garnish. Geeze!
I know every year in addition to what ever gift for Christmas/Birthday I will get some fun serving thing, tray, pitcher, tongs, bowl something! It really is nice though to have all that stuff. I got a way cool silver bowl on a pedastal that can be a punch bowl, ice bucket or it has these rings that are inserted to hold wine bottles if you want to do that I love it!