Just in case my title didn't give it away - grazing tables are ma' thang! I find there's endless ways to get creative. Here's some handy tips on creating a delicious, indulgent spread.
Ingredients are key!
Sounds simple right? It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of ingredient shopping…BUT remember quality is key. Visit your local deli to pick up quality cheeses and meats, followed by visiting your local farmers market for seasonal produce. Remember, your goal is to have full, satisfied, happy guests. The happy part will happen naturally when there's quality ingredients - and plenty of them!
If you’re anything like me you’ll be spending the majority of your time in a prime grazing spot (a.k.a not leaving the table unattended) Therefor for the convenience of your guests the grazing table should be central and accessible, making sure there's plenty of room for mingling.
Now, Lets begin placing your spread.
Time to raid your kitchen for wooden boards, marble platters, bowls, cake stands, mason jars, crates, dishes…everything!! Firstly I use hessian as a base of the table to give a rustic casual feel. Next start building the table by scattering your platters and dishes freely followed by most importantly...your FOOD! I also love to include foliage to add extra colour to the table followed by some garnish, my favourites are; rosemary, mint and parsley.
Get a little crazy!
My style is one that has absolutely no structure so I recommend scatter nuts, herbs, berries, crackers and whatever else you feel across your platter/ table. Note: Be mindful when mixing some textures; for example place the soft cheese and meats next to textured crackers and nuts.
Here's a basic shopping list to help guide you...
Remember - it's meant to be fun not stressful. Enjoy the process and get ready to be the ultimate host!