Fall Buffet - The Chic Site

Every year we host Thanksgiving at my house.

I commit to cooking the turkey and the ham and everyone else (and there are quite a lot of everyone else’s) bring the side dishes. Because we have so many guests, and therefore so many sides, we serve Thanksgiving dinner buffet style. Since I’m guessing I’m not the only one doing this I thought it might be helpful to create a post filled with inspiration for your Thanksgiving buffet. Scroll through and see what I found.


This sweet dessert buffet from Tom Kat Studio is filled with inspiration and it includes a free printable so you can make your own cute signage.



I loved this simple buffet from Gray Likes Weddings, but I love the reminder it invokes… set your buffet up the day BEFORE the holiday and leave little notes on the platters so you remember where to place everything the next day. It will save you tons of time and stress!



The green garland on this table from She Knows frames all the gorgeous food perfectly. Notice too how using similar hues in your serving platters (in this case, whites) makes the food the star of the show.


I’m all about a large statement piece on the buffet like this one from Rountree FlowersThis is a great example because it’s mostly branches (which you can find in your own backyard).



This is another great free printable for signage. Head over to Bird and a Bean to snag your own.




I triple love this cider buffet from ShelternessFirst of all the tall simple centerpiece is perfect. Secondly, it’s got those perfect metal chalices, and lastly… it’s a buffet dedicated to cider! How fabulous is that?! A reminder to us all, don’t forget to set up your drink station with a little pretty touch.



Vintage wooden boxes and drawers from this buffet on Wedding Chicks is so clever and fits right in with the autumn theme.



Most people lean towards browns, and oranges for autumn decor but this green vibrant display from Celebrations at Home would be a beautiful fresh take on your holiday buffet.


The key to a really pretty buffet is dimension and just about anything can help give you height. Old boxes, cake stands, upside down vases and in this example from The Pleated Poppy, a vintage scale makes and excellent prop for the napkins.



A simple buffet set up from Apartment Therapy shows how clean, simple lines can be a statement in itself. If you’d like to find out how to make your own framed blackboard for a menu click HERE.

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I thought this was such a sweet use of toile in this Olive Out buffet, but best of all, consider the idea of using a blanket as a runner. When bunched up like this one it looks so chic!



Such a clever way to say “no technology at the table”. We do something similar at our house for Thanksgiving, but I think Q Avenue Photo‘s version is so much cuter.



I know a lot of people place the plates and napkins at the start of the buffet but I love the way Stone Gable mixes them in throughout the table.



Pumpkins make adorable risers in this table from Southern Living



I typically put my silverware and napkins at the table so there’s some sort of place setting, but if you do put them on the buffet I like this idea from A Blissful Nest.



These little bales of hay in this table from The Merry Bride make a great riser too! Grab some from your local craft store.