"The more pasisonate the cook, the better the flavors" -Charles M. Carroll

Monday, December 19, 2011


One thing I love about catering and event design is the decorating, it can really bring the entire theme of the menu together beautifully! I do love a great tabletop with beautiful dishes and pretty centerpieces.  We at Savory Event Catering love to go all out for our buffet tables.

Tis the season for a great holiday or New Years' Eve Party so I thought I would show you a little glimpse into what goes into planning the BEST buffet set-up for your event.

This particular one is a private corporate holiday party. Our very discerning client has high-end taste and wants the menu to be the forefront of the event. We love when we get to work with foodies just like us!
There's no need for elaborate or tacky knicknaks, cluttering the table, it would distract too much from the menu.
  • We're going for a clean-line streamlined modern look.
  • All white china and crystal.
  • All the servingware will be void of color, to really make the food POP!
  • We're using some great fresh ingredients, and food presentation will be paramount.
  • The motif we're following is "Christmas in New York"
Below are inspiration photos, or you can see the Pinterest Board here.

White Garlands, photo from flickr

Group white, silver, gold ornaments together, or in apothecary jars. Photo from Crate & Barrel

Beautiful tablescape styled by Couture Events styling, Scott Lawrence Photography. Found via Style Me Pretty. I love the glitter accents!

Louis Ghost Chairs by Phillipe Stark (these are a fantasy wish list, but do add a cool element!) Use white florals, crystal elements, lighting is key! Couture Events styling, Scott Lawrence Photography. Found via Style Me Pretty

However, for our table we're using this beautiful evergreen emerald green regal green kelly green tablecloths in the most beaufiul woven silk fabric. So much better than the bottom tier polyester linens! Photo from Orange Girl Photographs.

Above, Black white and Red Winter Tahoe wedding by Scott Corridan. Interesting fact, I (Jessica) met him when I was at University in 2006. He is really an inspiring event designer and really opened up my eyes to what an interior design background can lead. If you're trained in design, it can translate to so many different industries. Sorry for the tangent! Back to the tablescape, what I love is the patterned linens, and again what I'm trying to show is that all the tableware, plates, servingware are simple white to not distract from the food. Photography by Viera Photographics  Found via Style Me Pretty.

White Pinecones as a design element. Love how it sparkles! Photo found here.

Above: White Christmans theme (2008) by the white company. Found via Apartment Therapy

Above, holiday party from Nate Turner originally featured in Domino Magazine 2007 (R.I.P.). Even though the great magazine is no longer in circulation, thank goodness for the wonders of the internet! found via Hostess with the Mostest. Love the tree decorated with divinity candy. Also love the egg nog with floating meringues. We have the BEST egg nog recipe (without the eggs!) I will post later this week for a fun holiday beverage!


HGTV did a holiday special; this is Brook Burke's home. Generally I thought it was way too over-the-top, but I did like this dessert table with all-white desserts and silver ornament accents.


Fill apothecary jars with white color food items: marshmallows, popcorn, sugar cubes, meringues, even rice would add a fun element! From HGTV. The one thing we're changing is that instead of white table linens, we're using the most beautiful evergreen emerald green for a high contrast. Its a nice way to bring in some of the more traditional Christmas colors too.

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