When you serve a buffet you get to mingle and enjoy the people around you, and sit by the people you want to sit with. Many times buffet-style dinner means that there is no set table, and you sit around the living room, dining room, family room, even on the floor or on the stairs.
I love the casual feel.
Here are some ideas when you have a small space. You can pack in what you need … you really can!
Roll your linens and put them in an accessible place. (With a little bit of “pretty” on top, using fresh pommegranites.)
For me, a basic collection of versatile pieces and white dishes and platters are essential when it comes to entertaining.
Add warmth to the area with a simple candle.
Dollar Store glasses on an elegant serving tray. Drinks behind the glasses.
Bring out the white platters.
And white bowls and accent-colored dishes.
I don’t mess around much with fabric and stackable boxes underneath to add height. That look is just a little too “formal” for my simple home. Use pedestals and add your beautiful white dishes and bowls to bring height.
Have different sizes of plates.
The two-tier pedestal on the right can be easily used for small dessert bites.
Who needs BIG desserts when you’re serving a yummy Christmas buffet?
How will you be serving your Christmas meal this week? Buffet or a sit-down dinner?
Here’s an earlier post on setting up a Christmas buffet, that I wrote a few weeks ago.