(Closed) Buffet table centerpieces

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

The weddings that I have been to recently don’t have any ‘center pieces’ on the food table as they are allready so busy and so full. It would look just fine to have a plain table cloth and a runner of your wedding colors for the trays to sit on.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our buffet tables didn’t have anything – like the PP said, they were totally full with food, and ours were broken down immediately after the meal. I don’t think you need anything at all.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t have anything on he buffet table either. It was so full of food and only out for a shirt period that I didn’t feel it was a priority to spend money there. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not putting anything on our buffet tables.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had pretty full arrangements on the tables, but then we just had a smaller, more contained centerpiece on the buffet tables. I think having nothing would be just fine, though! I didn’t even remember that we had had anything on ours until I saw the pictures! Believe me, the food will totally steal the show :).

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is fairly easy to enhance the  look of a buffet. Instead of laying all the dishes flat on the table, have the food platters and containers at various heights.

Cover the table with a tablecloth. Then add boxes, palstic crates, buckets- you can use anything that is sturdy enough to bear the weight of the food. Drape tablecloths over those raised platforms.

Having the food at various heights makes it visually more interesting and also makes it easier for your guests to serve themselves.

Make sure you have the buffet in a logical order. Try to have the table away from the wall so people can go down both sides of the buffet. Start with a pile of plates on both sides.

Make sure the potatoes come before the fixings, the buns before the pulled pork etc,

If you want to add some decor to the table, you could place a sack or bushel of potatoes near the potato bar.

You could do something like this western themed baked potato bar using blue enamel ware for containers. pic shows the use of boxes to create height. See the wood crate under the container of bacon bits.

If you don’t like the look of the draped tablecloths you could use logs and wood shelves to create different levels.

Having some flowers or other decor does make a buffet more attractive, but you have to remember to place it carefully so your guests don’t have to reach over anything.

You can also add to the decor by creating a display of fresh vegetables, perhaps near the slaw. Whole clean vegetables are very attractive and if you leave them large, the guests won’t be confused that they are for eating. A basket with some cabbages and bunches of carrots will add color.

Food is inexpensive decor.

 You can balance off the basket of vegetables by doing the same thing for the buns for the pulled pork They don’t have to be the same basket. Have more than one kind of rolls for more visual interest.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hdivey: There’s no reason you can’t use the same centerpiece if you want to.

Are you using one long rectangular table for the head table?

If so, many brides have vases of water and place their bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets in the vases along the table.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree it’s more about the presentation for the buffet. As for the head table a lot of weddings I been in have empty vases it gives the bridesmaid somewhere to put their bouquets, If you sitting faceing the guest, then I do think you may want to go without the brances as they could block peoples views. I think if you want to add to the table beyond the bridesmaid and your bouquet you can add in candles, petals and other smaller centerpeices.

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