Hosting a holiday party is about three things: the great company, the atmosphere, and the food. Your decorations all around the house set the atmosphere and are important, but no decoration is as important as the holiday buffet table. It is the “piece de resistance” of your entire party and the one focal point that everyone will notice your awesome holiday buffet.
A holiday buffet table serves two important purposes. Most importantly, it is the easiest way to feed a lot of people during a party, especially when people are enjoying the great company and want to continue talking to each other. Second, it is a chance to make a great impression, to really wow your guests with not only delicious food but a beautifully decorated table.
Here are some tips to make a great looking holiday buffet table:
Use serving platters of different heights to accomplish multiple tasks. First, they will allow you to fit more food on the table. Second, they allow the table to be full without making it overcrowded. They also help create a really impressive look for the table.
Another level to using serving platters is stacking. For example, if you stack a white serving platter on a white dish, you could accomplish a multi-level look that works great for coordinating foods, like veggies and dip. There are many tools you could use to accomplish this look, including turning different sized cake stands upside down.
Color Coordinate Everything
Allow your serving dishes to work to your advantage. Use a color scheme that is subtle, but pulls the whole table together seamlessly. For example, you could use red and white dishes and wooden accents. Or crystal and silver with small pops of blue here and there. Coordinate your table cloth and/or table runner to go with the serving dishes and other decor. This not only pulls your whole look together, but it allows the food to be displayed without too much distraction.
Decorate Your Space
While the food will likely be as beautiful as it is delicious, to make a truly memorable display you will need to decorate the space around your buffet. Use the wall behind your table to set the mood. You can do something as simple as framing sheets of wrapping paper that coordinate with your decor scheme or hanging small to medium sized ornaments on varying lengths of ribbon.
Winterize Your Holiday Buffet Table
Bring the winter wonderland indoors and turn your buffet into an art piece instead of just a place to put food. You can add easy touches that fit your decor schemes, such as poinsettias, tiny evergreen trees, or even branches lightly painted with glitter in a vase. Bring ambiance by placing flame-less candles around the table, especially where the light can reflect off glass surfaces. Add in some greenery with some garland snaked around the bottom of elevated serving platters, or sparsely scatter tiny snowflake cutouts around the table.
Every Detail Counts for Your Holiday Buffet Table
To really make the space special, pay attention to the small details. Small touches, like pretty place cards to identify dishes, will not go unnoticed. Instead of just stacking some napkins at the end of a table, turn the napkins into part of the display by placing them in a pretty container or artfully arranging them somehow. It is these little details that will pull the whole display together and make it truly impressive.
A great holiday buffet table is more than just some food sitting on a table, it is a decorating masterpiece that is the focal point of your entire party. Attention to detail and small, easy touches will make a huge difference and really impress your guests. Use these tips to put together a truly great looking holiday buffet for your own get-together.