Creating unforgettable experiences is what we do best here at The Grounds, and we think it's even better shared. A grazing table makes the perfect offering for your guests to, as the name suggests, graze upon throughout your event.
Our very own in-house Creative Developer and Stylist, Therese Moussa, shares her three key tips to create an abundant grazing table at your next event.
First and foremost, where did the idea of an abundant grazing table start from? The use of these feasting tables dates back to medieval times, and in more recent history, grazing tables were used by the British aristocracy in the mid to late 1800’s. Government and aristocrats would host formal and lavish events where they would try to out pimp each other with their displays of wealth and opulence. They would exhibit extravagant food displays packed with an overabundance of food.
Fast forward to now, an abundant grazing table can make the most Instagrammable feast and take your event to the next level.
1. CREATING HEIGHT
To create height, you must work back to front; the back being the highest and furthest from the viewer, and the front being the lowest point of the display. This goes for round tables too; the middle section of the round table will be your highest point, then the edge of your table will be your lowest.
The height brings a three-dimensional feel to your structure. You don’t want things to be two-dimensional, rather you want it look loose, un-structured and adventurous with plenty of nooks, crannies and little vignettes all throughout.
2. VINTAGE PROPS
Give your table soul and tell a story with vintage props.
Try using old timber and metal milk crates as the foundation and bones of your grazing table. Place the props centred in the table, side by side. This mixture of materials helps create a natural, seamless look, as your never want your table to feel forced. With different colours and textures, this will also aid in creating that three-dimensional depth mentioned earlier. Place some of your props on their sides and others on top of each other to create your height.
If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of having to spend big money to get a collection of props together, it’s not as bad as you think. You just need to get your shop on and go exploring. Sydney has a lot of great vintage wares and bricker brack stores where you can pick up a cheeky bargain. Remember you can always get the price cheaper, bargain until you get a bargain!
3. Colour blocking & Texture
Our favourite part! Adding colour is your chance to get super creative and really see your grazer come to life.
First up, inject colour through the use of flowers. You can pick up bunches from super markets, or you can do a midnight raid on your neighbours Garden (probably raid a block over in case you get nicked!) Or if you yourself don’t want to go to the trouble (or get into literal trouble by raiding your neighbours), The Grounds Floral by Silva is always available to provide you with a beautiful creation of floral displays.
Seasonal fresh produce can also look stunning when styled. Try placing larger produce first, and then working your way down to the small fruits and veg. To create a wholesome, honest and raw aesthetic, go along the table adding some nuts and spices to fill in the gaps and add textural dimension.
Stick to these three key tips and you will be well on your way to creating an incredible grazing table that’ll both taste and look spectacular.
Or, if just don’t have the time to do this yourself, but still want a mesmerizing grazing table at your next event, look no further. The Grounds Catering, led by our Executive Chef, Paul McGrath, can create a grazing table for you!
With an assortment of meats, cheeses, fruits and more, our signature styled Grounds grazing table can make not only delicious but striking display at your event.
To enquire about our catered grazing table, see here.