was my Niece's
wedding. Her colors were black and white. The wedding took place at Christmas so there were lots of white mini lights throughout the hall, it looked beautiful. This table with it's raised sections was so pretty and much more interesting than just a long flat buffet table. It had 'Wow' appeal!
One way to color coordinate your table, is using tablecloths long or short, (you can rent them, make them, buy paper or plastic ones). Long to the floor table cloths in one color, cloth or plastic ones turned into skirts (pleat slightly and attach to a band then possibly use a staple gun to attach to the table) with contrasting smaller cloths over the long ones. White ones with colored or printed overlay, colored ones with white or lace overlay. Topper table cloths pinned up and trimmed with ribbons to create swags. You can tape a paper or plastic cloth to the table and then using double sided tape, gather another table cloth and tape all around the sides of the table.
The latest in decorating tips is NOT to have a 'flat' table. Build up areas
of different heights on your buffet table. You can do this by using books, bricks, block of wood or piles of boards, sturdy plastic crates or boxes. Cover these items with more table linens and set various food items on these pedestals! High points add interest and elegance to the table, as well as making a convenient spot to perch rolls, condiments, or additional decorations. If you have several salads, they can all be a slightly different height! You'll be impressed!
Use fruit, vegetables, leaves, pumpkins, flowers, fresh or silk, or pieces of ivy scattered among the serving dishes (what ever fits the occasion). Small mirrors like round mirror tiles can be placed under centerpieces, serving dishes or candles (check fire regulations).
For a really impressive effect use battery operated white mini lights, these look spectacular!! Battery mini lights are available from Christmas stores or stock up during the Christmas Season.
Use ivy or flowers (fresh or silk) with the mini lights.
Don't forget floating candles or floating flowers in bowls is also easy and attractive, you can use bowls of different heights.
Table top fountains too.
Iridescent beads add sparkle. If flowers don't need water, use
filler items such as 'pearlized' or iridescent filler paper for gift bags that comes in strands (this looks great!), floral marbles (found at craft stores in some floral arrangements. Oil lamps may burn longer than candles (check fire regulations again on that one).
How you place the food on the Buffet
table is important. The first thing on the table should be a stack
of plates, cutlery and napkins too, unless those are already on the tables
where your quests will be eating.
Next place the buns and butter, salads, pickles, cold meats, hot vegetables or entrees with the hot meat main course as the very last item. The sequence should be salads, veggies, meats, and then desserts.
The exception to this is placing a 'one per person' main course item on
each persons plate at the beginning. Something like a BBQ'd New York Steak and then letting them help themselves to salad and baked potato bar etc. Desserts, coffee and tea can be on another table if desired.
There are a variety of ways to actually arrange the tables:
Here is what the guest tables looked
like, they too had a raised
center area, which held flowers, tea lights, disposable cameras,
bubbles and a keepsake Christmas Ornament.
This shows how mini lights were used
for the decorations.
The ceiling had an area of suspended chicken wire, which was
hardly noticable. This help up a 'roof' of mini lights and ivy.
The effect was magical. Tea lights and candles throughout echoed
the glitter and twinkle of the mini lights.The pillars supporting
the roof were covered in white fabric to match the drapes
and the fabric was arranged to look like 'bishops sleeves'
curtains. A great way to disguise ugly columns.
The dinner was catered by professionals and the table
linens belonged to the caterers. The Bride and her friends
did much of the decorating themselves.