Setting Up a Buffet {a giveaway}

Alternate title:: Buffet setting up for lazy people who don’t want to think too much plus two super great giveaways

Our family is hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and maybe one more get together in the coming months and I’ll certainly be setting the table a few times but, I’ll also be setting up a buffet on our table as well.  I thought I’d share how I think about buffeting.

The buffet set up must be functional.

Clearly, we need a place to get plates, utensils, napkins and most importantly food into our guests in a rational manner.  And since a buffet is self serve, you want everything to be organized {maybe even labeled} so you can sit back and relax.

The buffet set up can be beautiful.

Here’s how I like to think about prepping a buffet::

Gather a variety of food holders. Stay away from a bunch of the same flat plates.  Think about what you have that you can use to hold food and napkins.

  • I’m partial to white dishes so I start gathering all shapes and sizes from around my house and {ahem}, walls
  • cutting boards, cheese boards, lazy susans~all can be used to create different levels of interest
  • trays of different shapes, pizza boards, bread boards these can hold or create a boundary for food
  • wooden bowls~personally, I just love the warm rusticness that wood bowls and dough bowls add
  • baskets lined with a cloth or burlap for rolls or pastries

Also, think about varying heights.  I’m looking forward to using my three tiered wired stand {winners announced tomorrow} and Old Faithful {my double decker plate stand}.

And I also grab any pedestals, cloches and apothecaries and consider those.

Then I put it all on my table and play around with it. And once all my serving choices are out, I think about what I want to use to decorate.  I’d rather spend my money on things I can use all year around {like servers or candles and such} but, since I just made my coffee filter wreath and tree, I plopped those on the table too.

This buffet is just a mock up. If my mom and dad and sister’s family were coming, they would arrive and we’d make all the food here together and I’d think about what we are having and then choose the appropriate containers that look nice together.

So here’s what I came up with.  A rustic yet classy wintery table that includes various heights, shapes, colors, textures and all works together and reflect our house because it was stuff I was already using in my home.

However, I did work in two new items that I wanted to share with you–the centerpiece and the workhorse of the table.

For the centerpiece I set the Wood Pedestal from DaySpring into my huge coffee filter wreath {added note, the coffee filter tree sits perfectly on top of the pedestal too}. They sent it to me a few weeks ago and naturally, I’ve used it in 4 rooms of my house already.

It is hugenormous. and HEAVY. And it has beautiful words on it: To Live With Joy Is To See God’s Goodness.

Did I mention it was big?  In the photo where it is the centerpiece, that is a dinner plate on top of it.  They really should brag more about how big and heavy this thing is.

I can even fit my glass cake cover on top of it and it looks like a huge cloche on a stand.  So if someone in your family makes a special cake every year, this could work out really well and make them feel like a cake baking queen.

There’s a giveaway coming up so hang in there for the conclusion of the longest post in eternity…

I also mentioned the workhorse of the table.  The most practical item on my buffet.

It’s the Give Thanks Wooden Caddy. I admit, I’ve gone 15 years of wifeing and never had one of these.  It’s a luxury that I now wonder how I’ve lived without.  We’ll be using real forks or my favorite wooden forks this year because I don’t want to junk up my pretty caddy with my hillbilly plastic forks.

Then again, this is how I’ve been making use of my pretty caddy for the last 3 weeks and clearly, it’s not possible to junk it up.

Lastly, a quick idea if you are not hosting something this year. Whenever I’m invited somewhere for a major holiday I try to bring a little gift {cream cheese with green pepper jelly anyone?} and put it on a pretty plate and cover it with a thrift store glass cheese dome {you can find them at practically every thrift store for $2}.  DaySpring has the perfect plates to give as a hostess gift for the upcoming season.

Giveaway Alert :: this giveaway is closed winners announced here.

DaySpring is giving away 3 Wooden Pedestals to random commenters and for every 100 comments left, one random person will win a Wooden Caddy.

Leave a comment and tell us which you could use more, the pedestal or the caddy.

Special thanks to DaySpring for sponsoring this post and giveaway and for providing us with meaningful beauty for our homes.

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  1. I would use the caddy more. I love the finish and usefulness factor.

  2. I think I would use the caddy more – I love how it looks like something I remember in my grandma’s back kitchen (that’s what we called the room off the kitchen – how original) growing up.

  3. Michelle H. says

    The pedestal, so beautiful :)

  4. I could probably use the caddy more but the the pedestal had me at hello. So cute!

  5. I absolutely adore the pedestal…so beautiful.

  6. I definitely need a pedestal. Kind of a household staple that I am sorely lacking!

  7. I could use the caddy more, but the pedestal is just amazing! So hard to choose :)

  8. My answer would be “yes.” I could use the pedestal more and I could use the caddy more.

    What’s that? I have to choose one or the other?? I think I’d have to break down and do eeny, meeny, miny, mo. I don’t think I could actually choose between them. They are both sumptuous.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of them! DaySpring just rocks, no doubt about it.

  9. Oh, I SO need help in making things look pretty. Decorating a spread of food never even occurs to me. I would use the caddy very often – love it. Yet, I’ve also been thinking of a tall pedastal for the Thanksgiving table. Step one of trying to make something pretty. They are both great.

  10. I definitely could use the wooden pedestal more because, seriously, who couldn’t. Also, I already have a caddy. Love, love your blog.

  11. The caddy would be perfect for my job as I work with preschool children and am always needing something with cubbie holes to put markers, fine motor tools, etc. Then I could spray it with Lysol and use it for organizing kitchenware or eating utensils. I may have to just buy one or two!!!

  12. I would probably use the caddy more but I especially love the pedestal and have nothing like it. So I would prefer to get the pedestal, if I’m lucky enough to win it!

  13. I would use the pedestal more. I love throwing casual dinners and always have such a boring table. I’d love to add height in a useful and interesting way!

  14. While I love the idea of a caddy. I think I would love to win the pedestal for its inspirational message. Its also great for a variety of uses, decor and seasons!

  15. I could use the caddy. It would help with organization in my life with 3 boys. Thanks.

  16. Definitely the caddy. When I entertain it’s usually buffet-style and I’m always wondering how to set out the silverware.

  17. I really want that wooden caddy. I almost think I need it.

  18. Love LOVE the pedestal:)

  19. Coffee filter wreath! I’m loving it! Nester you really outdo yourself….I’ve always loved wood crates and boxes and there is nothing better than a caddy with a graceful statement on it.

    I admired the pedestal stand, and now must have it since I’ve seen the writing.

    Love the cheese dome idea from the dollar store! Really, does your head hurt from all these fabulous ideas?

    Thanks for the great offering. I would be proud to have any of Day Springs beautiful pieces in my home.

  20. Love that wooden pedestal! So many possibilities…
    :) Thanks!

  21. The caddy – definitely. I usually wind up grabbing random coffee mugs and stuffing plastic utensils in those. I might even use real flatware with a caddy like that!

  22. hmm… i’d have to say that i’d use the pedastal more. “use” as have it out, always, in some fashion. i think i need to shop at dayspring more. xoxo

  23. I so love the pedestal. It is beautiful and love baking cakes for others. What a perfect idea to put a cake on top!

  24. I would probably use the caddy more, but it’s a close tie. I love them both! They would be delightful in our new B&B! :)


  25. Oh my, the pedestal. At first, the practical me had a different answer, but then I remembered the fun of creating! :-)

  26. Wow, definitely the pedestal, I have a caddy I adore but the pedestal is dreamy!!!

  27. oh i would like the caddy to use on our table everyday .

  28. pedestal. I have a glass cake stand and a wooden pedestal would be perfect.

  29. I love the pedestal! Some things just were meant to be elevated!!!!! :)

  30. The pedestal! I love, love, love it!!

  31. I love the pedestal with its verse running around the edge. That would be my first choice, hands down. I do really like the caddy as well for numerous things I can think of. I love so many things!


  32. I really, really <3 the pedetal!!!!!!!!!!! The size. The color. The verse. The whole look! I could use this is so many ways my mind is spinning.

    Of course the caddy is awesome as well. Perfect for my desk full of paint brushes!

  33. I so LOVE that pedestal !!!!! I think it is so beautiful with the verse on it!!!

  34. LOVE that cute caddy!!

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  35. I would choose the Caddy. It is very vintage looking but yet functional. You could use it to display flowers, or just sit there. And when guests gather……..and they do at our Home, it would be wonderful to hold the utensils, and it wouldn’t take up much space on your buffet. Both are wonderful but I think the caddy would be more useful to me.

  36. I love them both! I can think of lots of uses for either one, but if I had to choose I’d probably pick the pedestal,

  37. I think I would def use the platform pedestal more!!!! I am feeling lucky!!!!

  38. I would absolutely love a pedestal! I have only a cheap set from Wal-Mart, but they have become my new obsession thanks to this blog! In fact, I have my three black iron Wal-Mart pedestals on my fall mantel right now. A pretty one would be nice!

  39. Love, love the pedestal and message. Beautiful setting to. You are very inspiring!

  40. I would love the pedestal. What a great way to add hieght to the table. I love study pieces with mulitiple functions. I also want to learn how to make the coffee filter centerpiece. Beautiful pictures!

  41. Enjoy your blog. Would love to win!

  42. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE either, but if I had to choose I think I”d pick the pedestal…

  43. These are really nice. Thanks for such a fun give-away!

  44. I would love the pedestal, I could really use some pieces with height!

  45. Love the pedestal. The words r beautiful.

  46. Is it too late to enter for the pedestal?! They are so gorgeous, I want one!!

  47. The pedestal and caddy are both beautiful and functional so it’s tough to choose but I would pick the pedestal. Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway.

  48. The pedestal! I’m so in love with it!

  49. i so want the caddy! all about function! :)

  50. Oh my, that caddy is to die for. The possibilities are endless for that little guy! Especially with all the holiday parties and baby showers our house will be hosting in the next couple of months! Love it.

    • I can picture so many uses for both pieces! The Nester always makes me think of different uses for items. I am, however, partial to the pedestal! I could use it in endless ways!

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