No tips except remember, you are eating for yourself and no one else.
That said, I got a story (collective "ugh" from the readers)....when I was a lifetime member of The Fat Boys Club my M-I-L would short serve my plate letting me FULLY know that I was a freakish tub-a-lard, this was for every holiday. Cake, pie, and other goodies were always passed around the other direction before it got to me and only if she didn't intecept the plate before it got to me.
Then I started to lose weight (side note: I started to lose weight and didn't tell a soul that I was trying to lose weight, not even my wife) and I was no longer looking like I was protesting against being denied food/goodies. I started losing weight in Sept and by the holidays I had dropped about 15-20lbs. I was being accused of losing weight but I denied it as much as I could.
Then it happened; I was passing the plate of ham at Christmas and my wedding ring slipped right off of my finger. www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrO8HHh3mk
My M-I-L was pissed (as it turned out a fews years later she was right, I did leave her daughter), she ranted about how I was on my way out the door. From that time forward my M-I-L had the best plan of attack, she was sweet as pie and would PILE my plate with my favorite foods. I use to like deviled eggs but was often denied from having any any because I could eat the entire plate and then she started making me my OWN plate of deviled eggs with extra mayo! (YUM!)
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!!!