November 26, 2017

Let creativity rule as you ready for guests this season ~


Regardless of the holiday or time of year, letting my imagination fly is the name of the game.  My Mom was the perfect “hostess with the mostest”… adding flair to her buffet side board, table settings or food stations scattered around the living, dining and kitchen areas.  In doing so, the guests moved from one room to the other, flowing in and out of conversations, and thus avoiding a “potted plant look” stuck in one corner of the party.


Over the years I have learned to assemble food vignettes into individual stories by gathering collectibles from all over my house.  Odd baskets, pitchers, bowls, glassware, or serve ware make for interesting food stations as well as conversation starters.  Add a few decorations representing the holiday…and you’ve got a party!



Station with tools and apples to create caramelized apples.

Specialty food stations like this “make your own” caramel apple bar are a great way to let your guests build their own desert. Source: Facebook Rockwell Catering & Events


A wooden board with sliced cheese, fruits, meat.

A charcuterie board is one of my favorite ways to display a harvest of yummy foods. Use one long plank, multiple cutting boards or even marble tiles for everything from meats, cheeses, fruits and olives. Source: Domino Magazine – Ashley Batz for Apartment 34


A beautifully styled buffet table with a variety of dishes, including salads, meats, and desserts.

This lovely table makes for a perfect holiday buffet. Guests can meander round and round as they select a little of this and a little of that. The varied heights provide an easy site line to see all the goodies. Source: BHG


A three-tiered and two-tiered stands, one is filled with cupcakes.

When there are more choices than space on the table or counter, a tiered server is the wise option. Some servers like the Kouboo 2-tier server has removable baskets which can be replaced with plates making it even more versatile! Source: L- Barbara Bakes; R – Kouboo


A set of serving utensils, bowls, and platters with food on a wooden table, photographed from above.

An assortment of platters, and small bowls provide a multitude of condiment options. Your guests can then personalize the flavors to suit their tastebuds! Source: Domino magazine


Assorted food items on a wooden table.

This table seems to have it all – pedestals, ceramic decorative pieces, flowers, wooden bowls and copper serving pieces – creating not only a feast for your tummy but one for the eyes! Source: The Louisville Wedding Blog – Creme dela Cream Foods


A gold-plated rolling cart with alcohol on it, against a grey wall.

Depending on the theme of your party, a bar cart might include a station for mimosas… making your own Bloody Mary’s…a selection of wines…classic or updated martini options…or any other cocktails to your liking. Source: Southern Living; photo – Kat Teutsch/Big Leo


A festive autumn table setting

Your tablescape is just as important as the food stations and buffet tables. Continue your holiday theme from one space to the next for a common thread woven throughout. Source: Hymns and Verses


Kouboo decor baskets for the kitchen.

Roll out a length of chalkboard paper to organize your menu and serving dishes! You could even extend the paper to provide room for guests to sign like a guestbook. Kouboo’s rattan serving pieces add depth to your holiday decor in addition to providing essential accessories. Source: L – Country Living/Kelly McCants; R – Kouboo


Winter homemade food buffet.

Spread out your party bites and serving stations for better flow. Each station carries out this “Baby it’s cold outside” snowflake theme. Source: Kansas City Mamas


Breakfast table with cake, utensils, fall decorations.

Food stations aren’t just for evening soiree’s – this breakfast banquet is an eclectic blend of various bowls, plates, glassware, pitchers and platters in different patters, sizes and colors.  Source: Stone Gable


A wooden table with sweets, featuring mugs, sugar, candy canes, toffee bits.

This hot chocolate bar is the “icing on the cake” for any holiday party. Use mason jars, a little candy cane string and name tags to identify the array of options for your tasting pleasure. Source: Little Spice Jar


Celebrate life and loved ones this holiday season!  Bring it home with vibrant displays of goodness no matter the time of year.


Merry Christmas 🎄 ~ Happy Hannukah  🕎 ~ Happy Kwanzaa 🎉 ~ Happy Chinese New Year 🎏