Poster design: Come join us :-)

Poster design: Come join us :-)

I was asked to design a poster for the annual international dinner at my church. The design above is the end result which I'm pretty happy with however, the image below is what I started with.

I was obviously trying to show different types of food within the masked type but a fellow graphic designer said it wasn't interesting enough or "me". She suggested I try to create the design from my sketch which is the first poster above.