Mix in a few wood sliced, wooden cutting boards, or marble pie boards to use as serving platters. Not only do these options increase the amount of serving dishes at your disposal, but they are visually interesting.
Make It: Paint a holiday message along the front of a budget-friendly serving platter using acrylic paint and a detail brush. Or, for a more modern look, consider using stencils and a can of spray paint. To attach the platters to the back of the chair, wrap ribbon around the top of the chair back, then secure with a bow.
Designers created an updated, modern bathroom by using a neutral color palette to brighten the space and reflect the light that pours into the space from the windows. To add a touch of the traditional to the space, two antique platters were hung above the tub to complete the space.
Looking to put together a fall dinner without any major cooking or prep? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and add your own garnishes before guests arrive. This offers the taste of something homemade without the fuss.
Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
To keep on theme throughout her home, Jeanie Engelbach chose to display her food-themed collections throughout her colorful kitchen. Figurines, coke bottles and more are displayed throughout the kitchen countertops and cabinets.
Be on the lookout at flea markets and roadside tag sales for country pieces that are discarded, but actually have a lot of potential, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." This early 20th century wall cabinet has bone- and Bakelite-handled flatware that are used every day, and stored out in the open in pretty crocks.
The key to a successful brunch is the use of finger foods arranged into an easily accessible layout. It's important to always ensure a range in heights, keeping pastries or desserts on tiered serving platters and main dishes on low, generously sized platters complete with festive garnishes.