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I love to see tablescapes set with serving pieces, ones that make you go “Wow, well that was clever.” Unique and unexpected pieces are fun and catch the eye, but so can traditional serving pieces used in a non-traditional way.
We are part of a small group at our church and we meet on Sunday afternoons, 4-6 pm. While not right in the middle of meal time, I do try to serve a substantial snack when it’s our turn to host. And I am always looking for ways to make the table look interesting and different than the time before. I try to use linens in an interesting way and always try to add some height and dimension to the table.
This past Sunday, I served corn dip (recipe coming soon – it’s very good), Hawaiin meatballs, fruit cups and strawberry shortcake. It was a rather odd combination, but it worked out just fine. Since there were no show-stoppers like the Lush Berry Trifle from the last time we hosted, I decided to dress up the fruit and shortcake.
I served the fruit in small punch cups placed in a cupcake stand. The cups fit perfectly and it was not only easy for folks to serve themselves, it was very pretty. Punch cups can sometimes be hard to come by in the store, so I have included a link below. I have had this cupcake stand for years, but there are a few links below for similar ones. They are very versatile and you will definitely find other uses for them.
The strawberry shortcake station consisted of dessert shells in footed dessert bowls, glass bowls of whipped topping and strawberries, all gathered on a silver tray. None of the individual components were that unique, but somehow combining them on the silver tray just make it seem more cohesive and special. I love my silver trays and have started using them much more often since I started following Totally Tikaa. She seems to use one almost every day to make the most mundane meals look fabulous. If you are not already following her, check her out on Instagram. I know you will enjoy seeing her creativity, and she is just an all around awesome and entertaining person.
My dessert bowls are vintage – well ok, I don’t know that for sure. I found them at a thrift store, but there are some really pretty and practical ones out there.
I would love to know how you use your traditional serving pieces in a non-traditional way. Always feel free to tag #behindthescenesbelle on Instagram. I’ll also try to pin some more examples for inspiration. If you are not already doing so, please come join me on Pinterest. Send me a message with your link and I’ll follow you to see what great ideas you have found.
That corn dip recipe is coming up next.
Stay humble, work hard, be kind.