Setting Up a Buffet Table

At a buffet, the table filled with flavorful food is the main focus. An easy way to make the table especially attractive is to create risers in varying heights. You don't need special equipment to achieve this look, everyday items in your home work just fine. Position the table in the room where you'll be serving the food. Place selected risers on the table to create different heights. For our risers, we used sturdy boxes, a phone book and a coffee can. Other ideas include hardcover books, inverted cake pans, clay pots and metal buckets. Make sure the risers are big enough so serving platters sit steadily. Drape a tablecloth over the top and form around the risers so that the cloth won't pull when platters of food are set on top.