Here are just a tips on how to garnish for success:
-Make sure you have a contrasting color and texture than the main foods on the plate.
-Make sure it is something that will add to and inhance the flavor of the dish.
-Always plan ahead and have your garnishes ready before the plate goes to the table.
-take precautionary measures to insure that the garnishes on all the dishes of the meal are different. It doesn't look very appealing to have a spring of parsley on the steak, mashed potatoes AND vegetables.
-Another thing you can do is cut or slice an ingredient of the dish a different and unique way that draws more attention to the dish.
-Most of all... Get creative and be different!!
I dressed up a simple bowl of granola by cutting a strawberry in a decorative manner. Ta Da!