5 Buffet Table Decorating Ideas for Your Tea Party

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Need some buffet table decorating ideas? Whether you will have a one sided or walk around buffet, this is where you will find some sensible and at the same time beautiful buffet table ideas and this is where your taller/larger centerpieces and candelabras will shine!

The goal of a buffet table set up is to have everything within easy reach, so especially if you are arranging a one sided buffet, make sure not to place dishes and platters too far back. Things should be within an arms length with no stretching.



Need some buffet table decorating ideas?

Whether you will have a one sided or walk around buffet, this is where you will find some sensible and at the same time beautiful buffet table ideas and this is where your taller/larger centerpieces and candelabras will shine!

The goal of a buffet table set up is to have everything within easy reach, so especially if you are arranging a one sided buffet, make sure not to place dishes and platters too far back. Things should be within an arms length with no stretching.

1. For a one sided buffet, where your table is up against the wall or placed in such a way that the food and drinks can only be accessed from one side, place the taller arrangements to the rear of the table.

2. If the ladies you invited to pour out for you are standing behind the table, make sure you leave enough 'elbow room' between them and the decorations.

3. Arranging a buffet table so that the food and drinks can be accessed on both sides helps the lines move quicker. This also is an opportune time to display those lovely candelabras down the center of the table on a runner with other treasured vases or display items that might be too large to use at other times on dining room tables.

4. On your two sided buffet, with the coffee service at one end and the tea service at the other and guests moving down both sides of the table, it only makes sense to have the ladies pouring out to stand at the ends of the table. If you don't have friends helping pour, make sure to have duplicates of the tea or coffee service on both sides of the table. One pot of each will do, but two creamers(milk for tea), two sugar bowls, and two lemon bowls on each side so ladies aren't reaching too far across the table.

5. Planning your tablescape out in advance with your buffet table decorating ideas, saves last minute surprises of not enough room for the tea trays you plan to use or the buffet is too long and looks empty with the amount of food you will be serving. To avoid glitches like this, take out your tea trays and serving bowls and platters the day before your party and place them on the table to get a feel for how they look. Set out the candelabras and vases and any other decorations you plan on using. This ensures you will have the right look that you want and gives a bit of time to re-think the setup if you need to adjust. Move your trays, candles, vases and bowls around until you get a look that is pleasing to the eye.

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