Setting Up A Stylish Buffet

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Styling a party or event usually focuses strongly on centerpieces and place settings for the dining table. But some parties, such as cocktail parties or buffets, may not call for a grand table setting, but DO call for a grand buffet setting! Each of the buffets shown here, showcases the food in a very stylish way. Some of the examples are dessert displays, but the concept works equally well for savories.
Some of the concepts to follow:
  • Get Architectural – Create levels and dimension by stacking and staggering glass blocks, acrylic risers, and boxes wrapped in coordinating paper. You can find glass blocks at craft stores, as well as home improvement stores. Here’s another source for acrylic risers . Acrylic frames also work well for lower levels. Just take out the cardboard insert. You can use any cardboard or wooden box you may have, and wrap it in wrapping paper (or paint the wooden boxes to match the tablecloth).
  • Use Pedestals and “Towers” – You can lift up your platters by simply placing on top of clear cylander vases, or solid colored ceramic vases. Dress it up by wrapping ribbon around the vase. Use sticky craft ‘dots’ to secure the platter to the vase.
  • Think Outside the Tablecloth – Don’t just rely on tablecloths to cover your buffet. Use interesting textures and ideas such as burlap, moss sheets, flower petals, rows of twig runners, chalk board runners, or mirrors. Use the tablecloth as a base for these decorative toppers.

Good luck setting up your next buffet table!

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About Chris

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. *swankytables*Annette says:

    Great post! I love all of these! Thanks for the link too!

  2. Style Sisters says:

    I am loving all those ideas! Absolute fabulous! I will retweet about this too.

  3. Such great ideas! Thanks for the links for the risers!

  4. Susan Crabtree says:

    thanks for all the great inspiration!

  5. Not Just A Mommy! says:

    Aren't dessert buffets so hot right now? Thanks for all the hot tips, you may inspire me to do my own…there are so many great ideas out there!

  6. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thanks for the comments guys! I'm glad you like these as much as I do! 😉

  7. Suburban Princess says:

    Beautiful! I love seeing the tables all done up! Great inspiration :O)

  8. Shelley @ Divine Party Concepts says:

    I love all of these! They are all so inspiring!

  9. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty says:

    Awesome round up of pics!!

  10. Ashleigh @ posh parties, LLC says:

    Thanks for sharing, especially the links to the risers – so cheap yet a very clever trick. Another "tablecloth" option is wrapping paper.

  11. So happy I clicked to read this post! It's a winner. :) I really LOVE the idea of "thinking outside the tablecloth". And that last photo from Swanky Tables is dreamy with the hanging boxes.

  12. What a great idea! Especially love the hanging flower boxes :). Thanks for sharing!


  13. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    That ice table is crazy! Never seen that one before! And love the pink flower boxes hanging over the tables! Nice ideas!!

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