A Flat Table is a boring Table!

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!


About LindaVuichBurt

I have a passion for setting the stage when entertaining but also in decorating my home. As a professional stager and an Independent Willow House Design Consultant, I help others create warm and invitng homes! I enjoy creating a warm and welcoming home enviroment not only for my family but for all who enter, by delighting and exciting the senses of guests, all the while making them feel welcomed and comfortable. It is so fulfilling when I can help my friends do the same. Whether you realize, that when you serve your family breakfast, you are entertaining them with food and by setting the table, to the dishes you use to serve, you are entertaining! We all entertain to one degree or another. From the beauty of the dishes you choose, to a table cover or place mats, that is a form of not only entertaining but decorating. I hope through my blog you will be able to take away fun ideas that you can incorporate into your life style. I hope you come back often, share this with your friends and share your successes with the ideas you find in my blog. Enjoy! Linda Your Independent Willow House Design Consultant and Professional Stager!
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