What occasion is appropriate for a grazing table? Ummm… all occasions! (giggle) Seriously, though, they’re pretty simple to put together, and they’re always a show stopper. I’ve done them for multiple occasions and they never disappoint.
You should know, though, there is a wrong way to do these, and trust me, I’m speaking from experience. Here are a few tips to help get you started.
TIP 1: Use parchment paper that matches or compliments your surface. If it’s brown, use brown. If it’s white, use white. Also, it’s best to select a surface that is flat. If you’re working with a textured table, it can get pretty messy. You don’t want to be scraping blue cheese out of the grooves in your table.
TIP 2: Pick a theme. Your theme can be a color scheme, a holiday, a type of food, etc. Just make sure that everything goes well together.
TIP 3: Fill in the gaps. Use something small like edible flowers, popcorn, nuts, candy, etc. to fill in any random gaps in your grazing table. You want it to look full and bountiful.
TIP 4: Be careful not to overdo it. Stick to your theme and keep it simple. I recommend you choose 1 or 2 at the most of your filler (see tip 3), otherwise it can start to look junky. You want your table to be artfully arranged, not a table that looks like you dumped out your grocery bags.
TIP 5: Lastly, if you don’t know how to arrange your table, copy one from a photo! There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here. There should be no shame in your game! No one is going to walk in, see your epic grazing table, and search the internet to find out who you copied. Well, Karen might. Just don’t invite Karen. So, find one that you like, and copy it the best you can. You’ve got this. (and your secret is safe with me)