With Thanksgiving only one week away (from today – ahh!) it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to create the perfect Thanksgiving table for your celebration.
This year, we’re focusing on setting up a buffet for a large gathering. Sure, there’s something to be said about family-style dining. But sometimes that’s not practical; and of you’re expecting a large group or plan on pulling together a potluck-style meal, a buffet may be just the right solution for you!
However, even with a buffet, there are still some items you should find homes for on your tabletops (even if there are multiple dining tables for your soiree!). Those items should include a butter dish with softened butter, salt/pepper shakers, and a centerpiece of some sort – be it a simple sprig or two of greenery in a pretty Blenko water bottle, or vintage turkeys, such as the one pictured above from Steve and Jill’s beloved collection.
Next, you need to consider the utensils… Will they be set on the table with napkins, or as a part of the buffet. If you opt to add them to the buffet, offer guests either a stack of napkins with forks, knives and spoons at the start of the buffet table or do a little work ahead of time, rolling the utensils in fabric napkins, so all guests have to do is select a roll and move on down the table.
Finally, it’s time to think about setting out the food on the buffet. make space for all your dishes and offer some visual interest, consider using serving ware that will add height, such as cake stands or footed bowls, or create the height yourself by working boxes and books in under your tablecloths and setting a taller stage for some foods. Begin with your cold or room temperature dishes, like green salads, and work through warm sides, ending with the main event – the turkey! Near the bird, offer folks a cranberry conserve, or other tart relish, and keep the gravy warm in a small covered coup tureen or even chaffing dish warmed by candles.
Bring out baskets for bread and various sized dishes for your guests to select from, weather they’re on their first, second or even dessert course!
And lastly, consider some decor items. Sure, the star of your decor may be the table centerpieces, but don’t forget the buffet table! Some skillfully placed candles, simple floral arrangements (or even bits of greenery and leaves worked in under your serving ware) will be much appreciated. If you’re looking to go all-out, bring in seasonal accessories, pine cones, and unique textiles, all with the goal of adding interest, color and texture without taking away from your fabulous food!
If you need help pulling together the perfect tablescape, or setting up your ideal buffet, come visit the team at steve mckenzie’s today and we’ll ensure your holiday hostessing is an effortless success!