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.
A solid aluminum sideboard serves up fixings for impromptu s'mores in the outdoor kitchen of the HGTV Dream Home 2014. A hammered metal serving platter and spatterware pitcher offer a nod to traditional mountain decor.
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.
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.
Cooking a turkey is usually the biggest challenge for a Thanksgiving first-timer, so we recommend tackling it the day before Thanksgiving. Then, just set aside some time on the day of to reheat it. If you aren't up for cooking your own turkey, order a pre-cooked one from a local market, add fresh herbs and lemon slices and put it on your own serving platter. We won't tell your secret!
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."
Cooking is centered on one side of this simple, pretty kitchen with the stove and storage for cooking supplies. The other side is dedicated to cleaning with the sink, dishwasher and storage for larger pieces like platters and other serving ware.
Assign dishes or ask your Thanksgiving guests what they'd like to bring to dinner. When they arrive, transfer everything to all-white platters and serving dishes to create a striking display that allows the cuisine to take center stage.
Instead of hiding away serving ware in a closed-off cabinet, choose the prettiest pieces to display on open shelves. Here, wine glasses and platters join a collection of glass bottles and antique teacups to dress up a dining room.
Create a mobile s'mores station by outfitting a serving tray with all of the necessary ingredients. Keep marshmallows in a tall, cylindrical vessel along with graham crackers and chocolate spread out on a platter. Mix things up a bit by adding extra options such as pretzels and also help control messes with color-coordinated cloth napkins.
Successful brunches often start with protein and hardy foods, and usually end with a sweet bite. Once guests have had enough time to enjoy their finger foods, create a separate serving station that's all about dessert. A perfect mix typically includes one large cake or pie, a platter of unique cupcakes, small bites such as chocolate, and a gourmet coffee station.