| The holiday buffet. What a great way to serve your
friends and family during this hectic season. Buffet service
is always a wonderful way of presenting food, in that
we can re-position things to different parts of the home
to allow you more access. They work for large numbers
of people. Here are some ways to give a holiday buffet
table that festive flair!
For the foundation of your table, use a combination
of two different fabrics, such as a silver-toned silk,
with a white organza on top. Then, create a nice, icy
effect by pinning icicle ornaments around the edges
of the organza. A great way of displaying the ornaments,
it will also give the bottom part of the buffet some
As for the service, use frosted glass plats, which
work perfectly with the theme. Stack them up on one
end of the table. Then, wrap up some sturdy boxes of
various sizes in theme colours, such as silvers and
blues, maybe even a snowflake motif with a pale blue
ribbon. These buffet props can add a nice dimension
to your buffet table as they can be used to display
service items, such as the dinner plates. Displaying
food on different levels makes for a nice presentation.
An inexpensive, creative idea for flowers is to fill
vases with leftover Christmas ball decorations. It’s
about the colour combination, and, in this case, blue
and silver Christmas balls worked well with our table.
Make sure the balls don’t exceed the height of
the vase, because you are going to invert the vase and
create a beautiful pillar. Place a votive on top, and
it will give the buffet a really nice look.
Use thematic napkin folds. Sew tiny bells onto the
corner of each napkin. Fold the napkin in half, then
fold it in half again. Holding the napkin with the bells
hanging down, lift up the first corner. Do the same
thing with a second corner and then a third, leaving
the fourth. Turn it over, and fold over the left and
right side. Invert it and it will create a perfect little
pocket for your buffet cutlery. And don't forget flowers,
like white amaryllis.
Go with your inspiration, using any colour theme you
want. How about the entire table done in red, or another
monochromatic scheme. Let your imagination go!