do you need some help passing them out?"
I might be inclined to add, in full view and earshot of all the guests, ". . . or would you rather I took them elsewhere? Perhaps someplace where they might actually be enjoyed?"
This incident reminds me of what happened with my parents' 55th anniversary cake: because circumstances (not the kind of circumstances that are for public discussion) prevented our neighbors from joining us for cake that evening, I cut around the edible "Speed Limit 55" sign, so that if they joined us the following evening, they'd at least see the sign. Two days passed; we weren't able to arrange for the neighbors to join us, and since the cake was served in-pan, and like a dodo, I didn't use the one 9x13 I have with a snap-on lid, the aluminum foil cover over the pan started touching (and ripping away parts of) the edible image. And still, everybody was cutting around it. I think much of that cake went uneaten. Note to self: always use the pan with the snap-on cover when using edible printing.
Thankfully, my first exercise in the use of edible printing (the Leland Awards cake) had gone much better: everybody was amazed by it, and everybody (except the one fellow docent who ate the dairy-free cupcake I'd made to accommodate her allergy) actually ate it.
BTW: for cakes served in-pan, and stored with aluminum foil on top, does anybody know of a trick for keeping the foil off the frosting? If so, PM me; let's keep the thread from veering any further off-topic.