Would you decorate a table for a sit down dinner the same as for a buffet? Not according to Kris Engstrom from "In Full Bloom"
"We'll it's walk around. This is where people graze. In my family, we called it the groaning table...and it's because there was so much food, you need to use every square inch."
So, in this case, you would want a different kind of arrangement than the low centerpiece you would want for a sit down meal. When you are all sitting down, you want to be able to see across the centerpiece to the people you are eating with. When you are setting up for a buffet, you want to keep the centerpeice tall, with a narrow base, so you have plenty of room on the table for food!
One example Kris showed us utilized a tall vase with branches for structure, and special, sentimental ornaments decorating them.
Another was a tall structure with candles in it.
"This particular one utilizes the candles and the light up high. And you can do just about anything with it, you can make it sparkly and jazzy, and contemporary, or traditional."
The next one was more traditional looking, but Kris utilized all of the fragrances of the season.
"It has all of the things that you think of as soft and seasonable, and spicy. And it's made with just a few simple colors, keeping it traditional, and the amaryllis blossoms are the stars. "
Make your display big enough to make a statement, but tall enough to leave plenty of room on the table for lots and lots of food!
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