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.


  1. I love the pedastal!!

  2. I hope I’m not too late! Definitely the pedestal!

  3. The caddy would work best for me, but i love the look of both of them.

  4. I love them both, but maybe love the pedestal just a little bit more. I love cake stands and think this would be a beautiful addition to a holiday buffet or just everyday “prettifying” (may have made that word up, i fear).
    thanks for the great giveaway.
    marguerito at comcast dot net

  5. I think I would use the caddy more (especially after reading how you don’t know how you lived without it!), though we just bought a house and I think the pedestal may fit quite nicely somewhere…I won’t know until we unpack all of our boxes! Thanks for a great contest.

  6. I love the pedestal, but the caddy is rockin too.

  7. I love the pedestal and the caddy. They are beautiful and inspirational. I could see both going in my office. I would use the caddy to hold craft items and the pedistal for my favorite scented candle.

  8. I recently found your blog and I’m a huge fan. I like to think I’m crafty but then never seem to find things outside of the Pottery Barn catalog that work. I’ve been roaming around your blog and you have such great ideas! I absolutely love the caddy! The hillybilly forks- AWESOME!

  9. Ashley Loocke says

    I love the pedestal! You have such great ideas! I am a mom of two children under the age of three and my creativity levels are non-existant at the moment. Thank you for your great ideas and providing moms like me with the ability to create cute things on a budget!!!

  10. Ooo, I’m new to your blog. I read about it on the Vintage Pearl! I would love to win these buffet beauties!!

  11. I think both items would be very useful, but I’d especially love to have the pedestal. I have a surprisingly hard time finding them at thrift stores!

  12. I would LOOOOOVE the pedestal for all my entertaining that I am doing this holiday season. It would be perfect. Although, the caddy wouldn’t be so bad either! :) 2 awesome pieces!

  13. I would love to win either – thanks for considering me!

  14. I think I would use the pedestal more…but I love the caddy so maybe I’d use that more. Waaaa…choices.

  15. I’ve always wanted a pedestal like this, one that could be covered. I love to entertain and set up “buffets” that are interesting and I think this would be so useful (and beautiful!).

  16. Melissa Mills says

    I LOVE the pedestal!!
    What a nice way to arrange the buffet for a gathering.
    Thank you for sharing these tips.

  17. I love the caddy! so, super cute! Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  18. Love love love the pedestal, but that caddy totally is speaking to me! thanks so much ♥

  19. The pedestal is just what I have been searching for! It is beautiful!


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  22. Not sure about the deadline, but of course I love both,,,so many possibilities, but that caddy would inspire me to let go of an old wicker one I’ve had forever!

  23. Oh my…never even looked at the date of this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forgive me!

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