A buffet table is the way to go for open house parties. For this look, combine menswear fabrics in tartan and plaid with feminine touches like roses and sparkling accents. Label each dish with a menswear-inspired printable buffet label.
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.
A pet party isn't the time to break out fine china. Instead, look for sturdy-but-stylish melamine and plastic dishware. String shatterproof teal and blue orbs on a floral wire for an easy DIY ornament garland. Hang it above the treat table and well out of reach of the guests' paws.
For more special occasions like holidays and dinner parties, the owners can make use of this stylish and sophisticated dining room. Here, a long table comfortably seats twelve, while a cabinet and buffet make room for plates.
The updated layout of this kitchen includes a desk area and a concealed laundry space with front-loading washer and dryer, on the right. The countertop above the units can serve as folding space or as a buffet table during parties.
If you're short on surfaces for serving guests, try this designers' go-to trick: lay a hollow-core door or thick piece of plywood over evenly-spaced sawhorses, cover with fabric and voila — a beautiful buffet table with plenty of serving space that can be broken down again and stored when the party's over.
Designating a beverage station is a great way to keep the buffet table less crowded and carry the theme to other areas. To continue the party subtle menswear theme, search your favorite vintage store for a Mad Men-era decanter and vintage ice bucket. Be sure to stock the bar with plenty of cocktail napkins, ice and garnishes.
For Christmas dessert parties, place several mini fondue pots throughout a table rather than one large one to ensure everyone gets served without too much fuss or mess! It also gives you a chance to vary the fondue flavors by serving both white and dark chocolate fondue, or even cold dips like yogurt or peanut-butter. Label each fondue pot with a printable buffet card.