Best Holiday Homes: Buffet Table Styling Tips
If you’re feeding a crowd, or just want a more casual vibe, there’s nothing better than a buffet table. Load it up with tasty treats, pretty plates and silverware and let guests loose to serve themselves and mingle freely.
A chandelier that overflows with abundant greenery turns this simple buffet table (just the dining table, minus the chairs) into an instant focal point. Matching white serving dishes feel orderly, while a few silver accents add hits of luxury.
Try setting up several smaller, though no less stocked, grazing stations instead of one large buffet. It removes the temptation to congregate in one spot, so guests will mingle more easily.
Buffet tables still work in smaller spaces — just scale things down, and go for a round table to maximize flow. Drape it in a floor-length cloth so you can stash boxes and empty bottles out of sight, and make the most of the tabletop by adding in a cake platter or footed bowl, so food is at different heights.
The holidays are the perfect opportunity to splash out on some pretty serveware — especially if they’ll be the centre of attention on a stocked buffet table. Usually used for sweets, a retro three-tier tray elevates simple stuffed endives.
Edible decorations lend a friendly vibe to a buffet table, so fill pretty ceramic bowls with brightly-coloured licorice and classic candy canes — you’ll thoroughly charm any pint-sized guests, especially if a chic gingerbread house is given place of pride.
Layer your linens for a cosy, unfitted look, and don’t feel obligated to stick to traditional hues — this blue and white palette is a Scandi take on wintry colours. Tip: Using a smaller, patterned cloth as an accent is also a clever way to cover the table if you don’t have a single cloth that’s long enough. Just drape two matching cloths over the ends then cover the exposed part of the table with your accent.
Don’t forget dessert! Vintage silver accents add sparkle to a buffet table, and give simple holiday cookies an elegant upgrade. Try decanters, filigreed glasses, tiered trays and pretty bowls for a hit of old world romance.
A sideboard or simple chest of drawers can double as a buffet table, and once the party’s done, clean up is easy since everything has its own place close at hand.
No need to drag a card table up from the basement — your own dining table makes a perfectly lovely buffet, and you don’t even have to stash the chairs away. A trio of small bouquets are charming when displayed in tiny vases, while tall candle holders feel chic.
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