Words from the Southern Living at HOME Style Designer Melanie Grant. Love that thought as it opens up a way of looking at our tablescapes and buffets when we set out to entertain. Ever wonder why people over indulge in buffets. Why does food seem to look more appealing and we load up our plates?
Because the food is set at different heights. A simple fruit tray looks gorgeous when the fruit is lined up on an angle, and lifted to a different height than say the salad.
Raising different foods to different heights gives ones eye a place to rest and by making it more appealing. So how can you raise your dishes to different heights and what is the benefit besides wetting your guests appetites?
Try taking a stack of phone books or a stock pot, draping a table cover over them, making sure to scrunch the material around the base of the books or pot. You now have the perfect place to place a platter or a cold item dish. Make sure that it’s stable and not something that your guests will have to work at to get food out of and there by tipping it over.
Try using a pedestal like the Elegant Barley Twist Pedestal from Southern Living at HOME. What’s great about a pedestal is that not only have you lifted up your food, you have also created more counter space as you can now tuck other dishes below because you don’t have to hide it under a table cover. You see when you can no longer go out with your food you need to go up and pedestals allow you to just that.
Another great way to go up with your food is to use a food safe glass hurricane, like the Hemingway Hurricane found at Southern Living at HOME. I have used this hurricane for a White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle, what a delicious way to showcase the many layers of this sinfully yummy dessert!
The next time you are entertaining, remember that a flat table is a boring table, so take your guests and meal to new heights!