It’s time for summer celebrations, entertaining family and friends. If you’re serving food, your buffet table will take center stage. Our rule for summer is to keep it simple. Whether you’re throwing a tea party, beach party or having a holiday get together; these three easy steps will turn your ordinary buffet table into a dining area masterpiece!
Three easy steps to setting an eye catching buffet table. Start with a theme, A theme will keep everything tied together and will help you choose your menu and decorations. Remember; keep it simple so you don’t end up with a lot of “stuff” cluttering the buffet table. Your theme can be based on a color or on a subject. For instance if you’re having a summer tea party, you could decorate with an assortment of tea cups.
Choose either a centerpiece or a focal point, the occasion and size of the buffet table will most likely determine the choice of a centerpiece or focal point. A centerpiece will always be your focal point; however, a focal point does not have to be a centerpiece. Using the tea party as an example we would choose a centerpiece.
An idea would be to have a four tier stand with scones and other goodies sitting in the center of your buffet table. On one side, set your plates, napkins and silverware. On the opposite site, a teapot with your tea cups alongside. Keep in mind how you want the buffet table to flow. We suggest setting your buffet so your guests will start at one end and move down the table to the other.
Add appropriate embellishments; keep your embellishments simple and small. Your embellishments should compliment your centerpiece without taking the attention from your focal point or making it difficult for your guests to fill their plate. Just add a few decorative touches to finish out your display. Make sure the embellishments are fitting to the theme you have chosen.
If you’re having a tea party you wouldn’t want a glass of sea shells or something that would represent the beach! To help determine where you will place the embellishments, we suggest laying out where the food will be placed on the buffet table first. Use decorative cake platters and stands to set the food at different heights. You can also use different size boxes set underneath a table cloth to achieve the same look. Having the menu items set at different heights will make it easier for your guests to see what is being offered and give your buffet table a sophisticated look.