When serving a crudite platter and cheese board side by side, mix in elements from one into the other. Case in point? Set dipping bowls of mini cucumbers and tomatoes onto the cheese plate, and fresh fruit or slices of cheese onto the crudite platter. Conjoining these ingredients will impart a more cohesive feel to the overall look of the display.
I like this set up for the desks in the classroom because none of the desks are side by side, allowing each student have their own personal space. When desks are side by side, or students share table space, it is much easier for bickering to occur over one's personal space. This way, students cannot put their objects on others desks. -Michael Hecht