Welcome to our Set the Table Series, where we show you easy ways of creating table settings for various occasions. Whether it be a summer BBQ, birthday celebration or Christmas dinner, we hope to inspire you to create your own fabulous table setting at home.
First up, our take on a grazing table. With a relaxed, ‘help yourself’ vibe, grazing tables are a great starter at a BBQ, or placed as a centerpiece at a dinner party. Grazing tables are often used for large events; however they are really easy and effective to create at home too. Ideal for a small or large group of people – simply adjust the quantities of food depending on how many guests you’re having. We’ve designed our table to cater for a small group of 4-6 people.
What you will need to create this look:
Tehni Tablecloth & Napkins
Luna & Marine Platters
Luna & Marine Small Plates
Avasa Serving Board
Lara Gold Cheese & Pate Set
Cheeses x 2/3
Salami & Prosciutto Slices
Fresh fruit, Eg. red grapes, figs, passionfruit, mandarins, pears, berries
Dried fruit, Eg. Apricots, cranberries, dates
Nuts, Eg. walnuts, almonds, pistachios
Optional: Rosemary sprigs, small olive branches for decoration
Start by laying out all of your platters and prepping your food – unwrap everything, slice up the fruit, cut the breadstick, place your olives in a small bowl. You want to have everything ready to go before you start styling.
Next, the fun part! Place down the larger food items on your platters – cheese, crackers & bread, cold meats, fresh fruit. Don’t be afraid to place things at random – it keeps the look of the table casual and inviting to eat.
Fill the gaps with small piles of nuts, dried fruit, berries & sprigs of rosemary.
Layer it up! Keep filling your platters until they’re full and looking vibrant.
Time to set the table. Lay down your favourite tablecloth. We’ve gone with a fresh blue & white print, but you can choose your favourite colours to work with. Our block printed tablecloths are perfect for adding some pattern and interest to the table setting.
Make sure there are plenty of cheese knives, forks and plates provided for your guests to serve themselves.
If you have any bits left over, top up gaps throughout the party. Otherwise just lay it all out and let the people at it!
You can use any kinds of produce you like, just ensure you have a mix of cheese, cured meats, nuts, dried fruit & fresh fruit/veg. The more colour and texture you have on your plate, the better it’ll look.
If setting your grazing table against a wall or at a BBQ where people will simply stand around it, create layers of height by propping your platters on cake stands, small log off cuts or timber crates. Always place taller items towards the back of the table, or in the centre of the table if it is round.
Add foliage and flowers to add some height and life to your table.
The best grazing tables are often the ones that look a little disheveled and random. Don’t worry too much about being neat and tidy – just keep piling the food until it looks full and vibrant!
Got any questions about styling your own grazing table? You can email our in-house stylist Nat, firstname.lastname@example.org
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