S and I LOVE to entertain, and there's nothing I like better than cooking up a feast of multiple dishes for a whole bunch of people. Watching people feed hungrily on things you've spent the day whipping up seems like such a great way to spend an evening to me. When we moved, we bought a square dining table. Great for dinner party conversations and very good for the kind of many-plates-of-shared-food banquet I tend towards. Not so great for when you want a second helping from a serving bowl all the way across the table.
The last time I was in Singapore, I saw these brilliant things.
Basically they're extremely large (about a metre across) rotating lazy susans with dish serving bowls BUILT RIGHT IN. All you do is fill the serving sections with food, and plonk the entire thing in the middle of your table. And then rotate merrily between your guests. No standing up and pretending you want to offer everyone else food when all you really want to do is start stuffing your face. No awkward "pass the plate" moments. And definitely no more elbowing someone accidentally in a bid to reach eagerly for the sweet potato mash.
My heart stopped, and I would have just bought one on the spot if not for the slightly hideous designs they had and the inability to cart them to Australia.
My question to you - have you seen these anywhere here, and do they come in prettier designs? I NEED to know!