The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving, or perhaps a “Friendsgiving” this year? Planning, delegating and cooking can be quite stressful! Something that’s often neglected in the midst of all the Thanksgiving prep is how to set your buffet table.

Well, we have your back with a “Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table” that is pretty, colorful and provides a simple flow as your guests load up their plates.

It all starts with the buffet table itself. We used a basic six-foot folding table covered with a tablecloth that complemented our color scheme. To add visual interest and height to the dishes toward the back of the table, we placed two boxes underneath the tablecloth. This not only looks more pleasing to the eye, but it makes it easier for people to reach the food that isn’t right up front.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Next, we outlined our menu and pulled the serving pieces we’d be using for each dish.

We started with a stack of dinner plates in a variety of seasonal colors: (from top to bottom) Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Tangerine, Claret, and Lemongrass. It’s a good idea to place the dinner plates in the front corner where the buffet line will start.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Then we used a 3 Tier Server for rolls and other breads, followed by salad, a side dish and casserole. The salad and side dish will be served in our multipurpose Bistro Bowls in Medium and Large sizes. And the casserole is featured in a traditional 9×13” Rectangular Baker. (PS: All of our dishes can be heated safely in the oven up to 350 degree and bakeware can go up to 500 degrees.)

At the center of the feast is the star of the day: turkey! Depending on how large your bird is, we have a variety of serving platters in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We’re planning for a lot of leftovers, so we used the Extra Large Oval Platter.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Condiments like cranberries and butter are next. We used the Individual Casserole for our cranberries and the Extra Large Covered Butter for the butter.

Napkins and flatware are best placed at the end of the line so your guests aren’t juggling them while piling up their plates.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Yum! We made room for a pie and a cake. For the pie, we used the Deep Dish Pie Baker. For the cake, we spiced it up with a little Fiesta hack to create a “plate stand.” We turned a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down and placed a Baking/Pizza Tray on top. To serve dessert, a stack of Salad Plates finishes off the assortment of dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl in Turquoise

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We sprinkled in some mini pumpkins, flowers and greenery to decorate and soften the tablescape. With the buffet table set, we’re ready for full bellies and naps!

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

We’d love to see how you like to set your buffet and dining tables for Thanksgiving. On Facebook, feel free to send us pictures or post them in the comments.

Fiesta Dinnerware wishes you and your your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you take this opportunity to count your blessings. We certainly are thankful for you!

 

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

 

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Two weeks before

  • Plan your menu: Don’t make more food than you need. While it’s ok to make sure you have more than enough food, don’t make so much that you will have trouble eating or storing it in your kitchen. This will save you the stress of unnecessary prep and money spent.
  • Write Your Shopping listsWhile you’re writing your shopping list, this will give you a jumping off point of what other things you will need to plan for. Having your shopping list done early will help you plan out which dishes you will need ahead of time. For example, will you need a rectangular baker or a XL serving platter?
  • Plan your tablescape: Take out items from storage and wash them, if needed.

Monday Before

  • Go grocery shopping for all items.
  • Write out on post-it notes which serving dishes will be used for which recipe.
  • Set your table to create a beautiful, yet functional tablescape.

Tuesday Before

  • Let turkey thaw.
  • Prep food ie, cut veggies and ingredients up to get them ready for your recipes.
  • Prep pie crust if making from scratch.
  • Cooking a fresh turkey? Pick it up from the store or local farm.

Wednesday Before

  • Cook side dishes that can be made early.
  • Peel potatoes and store in water in fridge.
  • Chill wine and/or alcohol.
  • Bake pies in oven early in the day.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Put appetizers in oven or finish preparation.
  • Take turkey out of fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Allow for at least four hours time for the turkey to cook (check recommended cooking times for the size of bird you have).
  • Make mashed potatoes 45 minutes before dinner.

These steps will help you do a little each day and prevent you from spending hours on your feet in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, allowing more time to be with your family enjoying food and laughter.

Thanksgiving Planning Tips

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