Andrea Michaelson adorned this dining room with many beautiful antiques, such as this gorgeous inset buffet in silver and gold, displaying silver accessories. A bucolic scene painted in wood sits above the buffet with a dignified air, along with a golden wall hanging that crowns the display.
Add buffet style entertaining to your outdoor space with a repurposed dresser and mirror set turned into a sideboard. This old wooden dresser and attached vanity mirror were updated with mint green exterior paint, and the mirror was swapped with pegboard to keep essentials within arm's reach.
This year make hosting Thanksgiving as easy as pie by celebrating potluck style. You provide the basics (turkey, beverages and a few sides) and ask guests to bring their favorite dish. Thanksgiving is all about the food, so set up a handy to-go station for leftovers so everyone leaves with a few tasty bites to enjoy later.
The open plan kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, especially when the kitchen island serves as a buffet for snacks and desserts. The pinecone garland, crock of feathers and scattered greenery set the tone for a wintry celebration.
A custom tablecloth made using dark-toned wool tartan sets a soft, warm base for the look. To create your own no-sew tablecloth, find a heavy-weight plaid at your fabric store and create a clean edge using an iron and seam tape.
For a meal that already requires days of prep, serving food buffet-style is a surefire way to lighten the load on the hostess. And on a holiday that's as food-centric as Thanksgiving, there's no better way to give guests the freedom to come back for a second (and third!) helping of their favorite dishes. I set up my buffet on a vintage wood sideboard. This is a great time to get creative and think about repurposing furniture from other parts of the house — an old dresser, desk or even a wood door propped up on sawhorses would make a perfect buffet.
Classic Windsor chairs surround a traditional wooden table, while a draping chandelier adds a fun yet sophisticated touch the space. Roman shades dress the bay window, and a classic buffet provides much-needed storage and a spot to serve food when entertaining.
A floating cantilevered buffet helps this transitional dining room appear larger while providing extra storage and easy access to serving. The cool blue walls, with complementing curtains, contrast the unique vintage dining room set, while a smoked crystal chandelier creates an attractive elegance. Framed water colors add splashes of color and tie the room together with an additional burst of color in the napkins.
A row of skylights looks down into this spacious and elegant dining room. A spiral wooden staircase in the corner adds lovely movement to the design. A long buffet lines one wall providing ample built in, organized storage. A rectangular wooden dining table is surrounded with traditional wooden dining chairs for a refined set up.
Wood-paneled walls with a chalkboard paint inset add character to this traditional dining room. A wood buffet table topped with white candles offers storage space for dinnerware, just steps from the round dining table that seats four.
An ancient harbor wall mural sets the tone in this dining room. A simple small rectangular table holds center court, with a Williams-Sonoma Devon chandelier hanging above. A high-gloss Chinese dresser serves as the buffet, while four comfortable upholstered chairs invite guests to relax.
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.