I do a TV segment (about 3 - 4 minutes long) for our local TV station showing how to make sweet treats for the upcoming holiday. I always have decorated cookies as a sample for each occassion. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to display a platter full of cookies so it could be seen on TV? Any good containers that you use that most cookies will stand up in? The TV station does not use a hand held camera so everything is shot better standing up or displayed propped up. Most of my platters allow the cookies to slide down if propped up even a little bit. I've done cookie bouquets already too but am looking for other ideas as well. Your ideas would be appreciated.
My TV segments can be found at this link if that helps you visualize what I'm talking about.
If it's strictly for display, then go into "food stylist" mode (I about died when I found out that was a real job! )
Glue each cookie (Use icing) to a triangle-wedge makeup sponge. The cookies will be propped up and visible to the camera yet will still look like a nice array of cookies on a tray. The foam sponge will hold them in place and you could then prop up the tray if you needed to.
Adapt the Easter Basket Method: You know how you buy those premade easter baskets and they look full to overflowing? But it's 90% cardboard and 10% candy. Build up a stairstep type of thing on your tray, then place the cookies on that. It not only elevates the cookies, but makes the tray look really full.
I was trolling around a site the other day and they had put the cookie on an easel for photographing. It was a very thin small wire type easel that faded into the background and let the cookie be the "star."
As usual Indydebi has a great yet inexpensive solution.
Coppergifts.com sells some pretty and inexpensive easels (as #45 suggested.) They are clear plastic and won't show up your cookies. You might find something similar at a craft store or framing store.
You could wrap boxes or styrofoam cake dummies in a plain, but coordinating colored paper and stack them wedding cake-style. "Glue" your cookies to the boxes.
(These cookies are displayed on an actual cake.)
Wire and grapevine trees are also pretty options.
Thanks for the help ladies. These give me some great resources and ideas for the next segment I do. The majority of my display is edible. I leave it for the crew to eat so I like the tree idea.