Add dimension to any table by displaying a variety of unique dishes. Get creative through mixing dishware you own to create a layered look for your oyster roast. Unique condiment and dishware pairings are the perfect places to use those odds and ends pieces you pick up from yard sales or thrift stores. To unite the look, use a simple table linen or fabric remnant from a consignment store.
When your guests outnumber the dinner plates you have in a matched set, don't sweat! Just use plates that are all in the same color family or same style and it'll lend an eclectic look to your spread. Tip: Antique luncheon plates are the perfect size for children.
Create several gifts from one vintage license plate with cut metal keychains. Search antique stores for old steel plates ranging in different letters and numbers. Use metal snips to cut out the letters and numbers, then sandpaper the edges. Add a hole along the top with a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit, then attach a metal key ring into the hole.
Goat cheese is one of the most versatile types of cheese available. In addition to having a wide variety of tastes, it's also sold in many different shapes: logs, wheels, cones and wedges. Serving Tip: Coat the top and sides with a mix of lavender, thyme and black pepper to add texture and make it more appealing to guests with different palates
Once you've curated your cheeses, it's important to choose versatile accompaniments. Consider a mix of salted and unsalted crackers, as well as shortbreads and baguettes. Dips like honey and raspberry compote are commonly used to counterbalance sweetness or saltiness. For a more polished look, present dips in white ramekins layered on top of wood cutting boards.