Fun Buffet Ideas

By Karin Brosnan - Tuesday, January 31, 2012



I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL TABLESCAPE BUFFET THAT MY DAUGHTER MADELINE AND I CREATED! MADELINE IS ALSO THE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERWHO TOOK ALL THE PICTURES!

For my centerpiece I found this gorgeous weathered looking cloche at Home Goods in St. George Utah...ahhh it just speaks to me (and to my mom...we each wanted it but she let me have it...isn't she so sweet). I knew I wanted to fill it with something white and fluffy...I did not have any fresh flowers around so I filled it with white silk flowers to make it look soft and romantic.
This candelabra my mom found at a garage sale for $7.00! She gave it to me and I just love it!!


This tablescape is set up in my kitchen nook....I love this room...the walls are painted yellow and our big round table and six chairs that we found at a thrift store in Durrango Colorado (that my hubby refinsished for me HERE) fits perfectly in here. We also found this amazing crystal chandelier at a thrift store here in Salt Lake and it just sparkles in here!! This is a picture before we put all the food on the table.



Here are a few fun tricks to use for your next buffet...stack the plates ontop of a footed bowl turned upside down! I placed a white plate on top of the upside down bowl and placed my new favorite blue salad plates from Tai Pan on top. It elevates them and makes them a focal point on the table. We placed the napkins in a tall glass vase to bring some more color up high. The silverware caddy is white glasses in a silver holder from Nieman Marcus...odd I know ..from Nieman Marcus??.... it was a gift.


Aren't these mini Martini glasses adorable sitting in mini ramekins....Wait until you see what we filled them with!!



We filled them with a delicious spinach fruit salad drizzled with poppy seed dressing...we call them Spinach Salad-tini's. Madeline also whipped up some homemade cheese crisps...recipes will be posted on Friday! 
The colors of the fruit and green spinach are spectacular! We placed nuts in the ramekins for those who wanted to add them to their salads.












Madeline came up with a fun way to serve raw vegetables..... in mini shot glasses under the glass dome and a fabulous new appetizer made from left over chicken and apple slices and a special sauce...recipes will posted on Friday!


This is a close-up of the mini crudite shot glasses...we used julienned red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, mini yellow tomatoes and a sprig of cilantro for a festive look.

These little crudite shot glasses are sitting atop of a glass cake plate that I covered with green moss with a large glass dome over the top. Notice the unique serving spoon.... These are going to be available here on my blog soon!


I bought some marinated olives and cheese at the grocery store and placed them in this unique glass dish...where I got it from I truly don't remember. Notice the fun curved serving fork and spoon? I will be selling these on my blog soon! So fun and unique!



These little bite sized appetizers are packed with flavor... Using leftover chicken, cream cheese, apples and a special sauce! Recipes will be posted on Friday.


Once again we always stack and lift our food and plates...it just makes it fun!


We decided we needed to have some cheese, crackers and fruit on the table so we placed some in a tall glass footed dish set on top of a glass cake plate that I covered with some sheet moss ....set on top of some stacked white dinner plates. This sounds like a Dr. Suess book...on top of this on top of that...ha ha




Last but not least...Dessert!! I posted the recipe of this delcious so incredibly simple dessert HERE
Take a look at my fun serving spoon!! Soon it will be available on my blog for purchase!

Here is the buffet in all its glory...enjoy the eye candy!














I hope you all enjoyed the Buffet and got some new fun ideas for serving food!
Please link up your Centerpiece Wednesday posts below and link back to me if you would...you can add my Centerpiece Wednesday Link to your blog or post Centerpiece Wednesdays Button
I am excited to see all your fun ideas!!








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29 Comments

  1. Your buffet is so beautiful, delectable and creative! Funny, I do the same thing with my serving dishes on a buffet, take a large wide footed bowl and invert it.love inverting items, etc for a multi purpose look..

    Durango, I LOVE Durango..vacationed in that area one year..Loved riding on the train from Durango to Silverton..what an experience. gorgeous country.

    I documented your pound cake recipe yesterday and look forward to the others. Your buffet table is amazing..Thank you for hosting..so glad I am joining in!!!

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  2. What a stunning centerpiece and the food display is amazing. Love the colors and textures...thrilled to be your newest follower!!

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  3. I love how you elevated everything and gave it so much more presence! Of course, dessert looks absolutely yummy and I am salivating right now. LOL
    :-) Sue Thanks for hosting, too!

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  4. Welcome back to Centerpiece Wednesday! Great buffet ideas.

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  5. Glad you're back! I'm following now so that I keep up with your great posts.

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  6. Glad you're back. Such fun ideas with all of the minis.

    - The Tablescaper

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  7. So glad you are back!

    Thanks for hosting!

    Katherine

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  8. I need to remember, when I wonder why I didn't get a lot of creativity, that YOU and YOUR Sister and daughter got most of it. WOW oh WOW oh WOW!!!this is one of my very most favorite tablescapes you have done. The pics are also beautiful! (Where are you girls when I need you?) All your tablescapes are fabulous but this one is sensational. Sooooo glad you are mine!! Wish I were there to share in this extravaganza but I am still working on the Chocolate Kitchen. Hope to be back in biz soon and then I can come visit. Have you checked out The Childrens Nest. It is wonderful also.
    Love ya MOM

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  9. Wow! What a stunning table and such great ideas!

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  10. Hi, Just found your blog thru BNOTP and I'm following and Linking up! Beautiful table, I love the unexpected use of the dishes for the Buffet.
    XO Cindy

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  11. WOW!!! Thank you so much for visiting ...and inviting me to participate in table Center Piece Wednesday!! It will be my pleasure .. I will work on a post specific to the E.Tower rose arrangement ...and join you next week... I am now following your fabulous blog!!! xo HHL

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  12. You've come out swingin'!!! Welcome back!!! This is absolutely beautiful, and the food looks too good to eat! The thrift store finds your Mom and husband found...fabulous!!! That chandelier is the star of the room! What a fun serving spoon! I may have to buy a few of those!!! Great ideas!

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  13. So glad you came by and left me an invite! Wouldn't miss this party for anything. Your buffet is amazing.. I've picked up some really good tidbits for our upcoming wine and cheese party.. Thank you so much for sharing.. xo marlis

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  14. Hi lovely lady.
    Welcome back to Centerpiece Wednesday! Great buffet ideas.
    You did a Beautiful job putting this all together!! I would like to thank you so much for your comments on my Tablescape and asking to join your party.
    I do have you on my blog as party's I follow. I wish you had a Button.
    I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  15. Your table is stunning and I love the way you have presented the delicious looking food. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. So many things to adore here! I'm glad that you're back in the swing of things...it's good to find you here again. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  18. A beautiful buffet setting and what orignal, creative ideas with the food. Everything looks yummy!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  19. Thanks everyone for all your kind comments it means a lot to me. :)

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  20. I hope I'm not too late for the buffet! Looks like there are still some goodies! VERY elegant combo of white china and metal accents!

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  22. Seriously AWESOME!!! The food, the decorations....the food under that cloche!!! Seriously AWESOME!

    Thanks for linking up!
    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  23. Featured this tonight!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  24. This is just gorgeous! I just love what you did with with buffet! I'm a huge fan! One of your happy followers! Thanks for the inspiration!! =D

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  25. This is just beautiful. Your daughter did an amazing job with the photography too. Your food looks delicious!
    Karen

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  26. The buffet is just lovely! It is set up beautifully and the food is delicious!

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  27. Oh, wow!!! So pretty!!! I love the assortment of delectables!!! They all look so pretty the way they are displayed, but the food itself is just astoundingly beautiful! Those little spoons are just darling! I may have to add a dozen or so of those to my stash! The Spinach-tinis are really fun! What a great way to get kids (and possibly adults!) to eat their spinach!!! Everything is just beautiful!!!

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  28. Wonderful ideas thanks for sharing. Love the serving spoons they are so cute!

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