I make this for every special occasion- even my own wedding. For special events- make a pretty ball. For just fun with family, the spread is easier and just as nice in a pretty dish. A lot of people are scared when they hear MSG, but it is merely a season that enhances the taste and was originally derived from seaweed extract. Recent studies show that you have to eat quite a lot to really get sick. I like using it because you use less MSG for a salty taste compared to plain old salt- meaning less sodium consumed.