Set A Pretty Christmas Buffet

This is the first official weekend of Christmas parties, and many a hostess will be setting up a buffet table for her hungry guests. Whether you’re serving hors d’oeuvres or a meal, the table here is a great way to set the buffet in style. I love the pop of color used but any combination will do. Some easy ideas to take away are:

  • Lay strips of wide ribbon crosswise on the table and hang an ornament at the end. You can hang balls, snowflakes, colored crystal ‘jewels’, a poinsettia. This dresses up the side of the table because that is what guests will see as they are walking up to the buffet.
  • Wrap empty boxes as gifts and set them on the table. They can add height, symmetry, or even be used to set platters on.
  • Use simple geometric patterns. Stripes, circles, and harlequin patterns add a touch of whimsy and feel less ‘busy’ to the eye than many of the Christmas patterned papers on the market.
  • You know my love for ‘party art’! Wrap panels with coordinating papers or fabrics and hang them as a backdrop to the table. You can do this by wrapping an artist canvas, foam core, even a shirt box.
  • Use all white serving dishes if you can. It is very pleasing to the eye and it doesn’t compete with the food presentation.

I hope you will use some of the ideas to make your buffet table more special!

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Party Box Design says:


  2. Love this!

  3. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says:

    Love this festive table!!

  4. Donna @ Party Wishes says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much!

  5. Kim - The TomKat Studio says:

    great ideas!

  6. i love this sooooo much! Definitely an inspiration!

  7. Perfect post for me to read, thank you SO MUCH!

  8. Perfect! I love it…I Hope I can make something similar here in Brasil…Thanks…

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