Hey my friends!
With the New Year, I’ve been thinking about this year’s possibilities… goals to reach, projects to complete, along with new ideas & inspiration…
so I thought I’d do a series of posts to share “Buckets of Tips” on ways to use vintage/farmhouse items in entertaining or decorating… how’s that sound?
You know, suggestions on all the flea market/antique finds you “must have”, just to get them home and have NO idea what to do with them. I do that regularly :)
Now, by no means am I an expert on decorating or entertaining- I’ve had no education in these fields. Much more so, it’s just a passion of mine :)
And I believe we (you & me) share the same love for farmhouse, vintage, & country style…right? I’m guessing that’s why you keep coming back to this little blog of mine…
So, here we go…
let’s talk about buffet style- highlighting ways to use milk glass, vintage bread boards, and zinc pots.
First, I always set up the backdrop. This is our buffet table in our dining room. Notice here, I used a layering technique; by that I mean leaning items in front of others. First a white window, second a rustic wooden window frame, a chalkboard, & last a picture frame. You can do this with items you have.
Chances are, you probably have a few milk glass pieces… so let’s use them for entertaining. I used plates, a pitcher for mint tea, and hobnail glasses to match. I also had two little bowls for crackers and walnuts.
Zinc pots come in handy for a buffet luncheon. Use them for fresh bouquets of flowers, candles, or holding silverware. Lining the pots with parchment paper keeps utensils clean.
Vintage breadboards provide a contrast on the white table & scale. And I love the contrast of white & wood :) I already mentioned this…but I like layers :) I also added an ironstone bowl under the salad bowl. Which could be filled with ice for keeping greens cool.
Next, I lined a vintage box with parchment paper to hold the napkins. The old chippy green board adds another rustic element.
Another tip, is to provide different levels. It is easier for guests to serve themselves when things are within reach. By using a drying rack or scale, items are easily accessible. Cake stands & candlesticks would add different heights, too.
Not to mention, various levels are pleasing to the eye :)
And never forget the fresh flowers. Ironstone pitchers, zinc pots, sap buckets, or enamelware make for perfects vases.
Chalkboards are fun ways to display your luncheon menu.
By using what you already have, you can set up a nice buffet on a low budget. Food and flowers were all I purchased for this salad luncheon :)
I sure hope you found something useful…
I’d love to hear what you think about these “Buckets of Tips”.
And, if you have suggestions on what type vintage items you’d like me to discuss, let me know. I’ll do my best :)
Thanks so much for visiting me today!