I admit I’m not much of a foodie. Truth be told, I’d rather be sawing a pallet board than guessing what spices do best in what broth.
However, seasonal or holiday entertaining is where I love to pull out all the stops and pick up (you notice I didn’t say MAKE?) all my favourites and serve it up in grand buffet style!
And you can bet, junk and nature are involved.
Here are some unique and frugal ways to create a festive table your guests won’t soon forget!
Junk ideas for serving food
A cake pan mades the most perfect coffee pod serving area, offering a great choice for your guests.
Tip: Collect old bakeware from the thrift stores. Anything that you like the look of that holds something is game on! Vintage is my personal preference.
Watch out for those water rings! A Bingo card served as a coaster is the perfect whimsical touch.
Tip: Try laminating some vintage bingo cards to protect them from water damage
Layers of tarnished patina serve as a pretty spoon rest near the coffee maker.
Tip: tarnished silvers offer the most amazing patina! Layer them up to enjoy multiple scalloped edges.
Decor can also come from curious sources. Yes, I indeed do raid my refrigerator if I need pops of colour and other such details on tables and the like.
Tip: raid the grocery store for the perfect decorative produce. Try looking for miniature pears and apples, they are amazing as decor.
And I raid outside too. Nature has the coolest accessories.
Tip: Real leaves add real fall to your tablescapes. Go for it!
How about a little Christmas cheer next?
A vintage scale is the perfect place to stash goodies!
Sugar in a creamer? Yes! It’s the world’s best kept secret.
It has industrial edge as well as the lid never goes sailing across the counter.
The cute little crate not only adds style to your kitchen, but also offers an extra layer for the perfect little coffee station with an old fry basket holding coffee pods.
See the crate in action in my kitchen HERE.
A vintage ironing board provides the perfect quick fix for most anything if countertops overflow. You can use it for:
How about a vintage sleigh for a centrepiece and food server?
The green boughs were lightly misted with snow spray and tucked under the sleigh.
Apples yet again make an appearance instead of glittery decorations. Nature really does do it best!
Get creative! Try bypassing the plates this year and grab something unique!
You can see the entire Christmas junk photoshoot titled Festive Junk Fixes in FOLK Magazine’s 2012 Christmas issue.
Stay tuned.. I’ll be doing something VERY fun with junk food props! I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow night.
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