Over the weekend I hosted a little “Friends-Giving” party with 3 other couples. I wanted the night to be casual and fun yet organized with style. I decided against a sit-down meal and instead opted for festive appetizers. According to a poll I took on my Instagram account, many of you host holiday parties and family get togethers with a more causal approach. In light of this information, I thought this might be a helpful post! Let’s host our buffet parties in style and break out of paper plates and church hall style potlucks! Read on as I share my tips for organizing and styling a buffet table with minimal effort.
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Tips for Organizing and Styling a Buffet Table
Cheeseball & Crackers (a Bolen favorite- Recipe HERE)
Cold Cut platter
Bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese
turkey & cranberry crossant sandwiches
Brussel sprout Autumn salad
pumpkin bundt cake with brown sugar streusel (Recipe HERE)
The first step to creating, organizing, and styling a buffet table is to create variation in height. So pull out your boxes ladies! This is a little trick I learned from my first job at a catering hall back when I was 15. The minimum wage back then was $5.15… I can’t even get a babysitter for less then $12 dollars now! You can cover the boxes with linens and napkins, and no one will be the wiser. Also, get out all of your cake stands, 3 tiered trays, cheese boards, food displays, butcher blocks, and towers. Tip: Use books & boxes for elevation changes on your buffet table.
Next pull out your linens. Place your boxes and books where you want them. Then cover the entire table with a table cloth or sheet. For a heavier layered look, you can cover the table with a table cloth first and then use a secondary linen to cover the boxes and books. You can scrunch the fabric (similar to my formal Thanksgiving table found here) to add texture and dimension, or lay the linens flat. The more poufy the linens, the more formal it becomes. Tip: Use tablecloths, napkins, scarves, sheets, table runners, or fabric to dress your table. For this table, I simply used one red tablecloth and a single dish towel.
Take a look at your collection of serving pieces. Select pieces that coordinate in print or color. Tip: You can mix woods, metals, marble, colors, and patterns, just make sure to balance them with groups of 3’s. Odd numbers are good for design and will make the table balanced and cohesive. For this table I used my Courtly Check cake stands, compote bowl, & dinner plates. I also used my basic white plates, a white salad vessel, and white linens. Add in a few metal and wood touches and thats my table story.
Tip: Build the table up & layer layer layer! Layer serving dishes on wood boards and pedestals on top of cake stands. The more variation in height, the more accessible each dish becomes and the more interest it adds to the table. Add a few decorative details like a floral arrangement, candles, ornaments, or in my case some mini Christmas trees.
If you normally serve your food on paper goods and line your kitchen island with a row of casserole dishes, put my tips to the test at your next get together! Let’s see if we can avoid the potluck look and welcome our guests with a casual yet cohesive buffet table. Even if your guests are bringing dishes, you can still set out the intended serving dish and transfer the food upon arrival. Click HERE to see the rest of my home all decked out for the holidays. Here’s a little peak!
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