Updated: Jun 30, 2020
Whether you're hosting an intimate weekend with friends or a large celebration, grazing tables and boards are the perfect way to entertain!
Don't you just love when you find out you were a trendsetter all along?! Grazing events are quite popular these days, but they're not so different from the spreads we created when we started catering and entertaining years ago. Considering that these feasts can be dated back to the Romans, we really shouldn't take credit for the concept. But it's no wonder that grazing tables and boards are popular today as they are perfect way to add pizazz to your event!
“Allowing the food to organically become the event's aesthetic, adds an element of beauty to your entertaining and reduces the need (and cost) for additional decorations.”
The most striking advantage of including a grazing table or board to your affair is that it can be a beautiful addition where the food itself becomes part of the party design and décor. We often use a grazing board as our centerpiece, including elements of the party's theme and color scheme. Allowing the food to organically become the event's aesthetic, adds an element of beauty to your entertaining and reduces the need (and cost) for additional decorations.
Providing a grazing table will up your hosting game considerably! Your hospitality will sparkle and shine by offering a wide array of delicious delicacies for guests to enjoy. Want to make your guests feel special? Include their favorite foods on your board and they will feel welcomed, included, and appreciated! Combining small servings on a grazing table make an enormous impact and allows visitors to sample foods and discover new favorites. Of course the added benefit is that you are providing plenty of food without the fear of running low and having your guests rush to leave so that they can meet their friends for a "real meal" later! But an absolute bonus is that you can prepare all components well ahead of your party date and just arrange them the day of your event instead of spending hours in the kitchen.
“Don't overthink. Gather your favorite essentials and start arranging.”
Ready to create your own grazing tray for your next event? Consider your theme, colors, number of guests, and a few preferred elements:
You probably have several of these items in your pantry already. Our best advice is to not overthink the display. Gather your favorite essentials and start arranging. Remember: it's a party, so have fun and don't stress!