Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Lantern Buffet

Last year during the Christmas holidays, I prepared a small buffet setting on my dining room table using black lanterns. I never got it posted then so thought I'd share it now.
My inspiration came from putting these three things together...
Black Lanterns
Christmas Garland/Picks
Glass Blocks (for under the runner)
It is pretty self explanatory as shown in the pictures below but I nestled the lanterns in amongst the garland and set them on top of the glass blocks (for height) and covered with a red runner.

The winter scene outside makes the glow from the lanterns look all the more cozy.
A stack of Christmas plates on top of plain black ones stand ready for easy access.
 I placed the cutlery inside glass vases lined with cloth napkins.

A selection of cake plates will hold the appetizers and desserts.

Wine glasses are placed next to the plates.

A little birdie is bundled up with a hat and scarf!

The "stage was set" for a relaxed and enjoyable evening with friends while sharing a few appetizers and dessert squares (of the Costco variety which allowed me to have time to relax too!)

I'm thinking I should do something like this again this year! 

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  1. This is the perfect inspiration for me right now. My table is set with red, gold and black and I wanted to carry that through to Christmas. I host a Boxing Day party and need to do a buffet style table.

  2. What a beautiful setting! I love the lanterns and block lights. Very festive!

  3. I love LOVE this!!! I have lanterns, but I haven't thought about incorporating them in a such a festive way! I am hosting a Christmas part in a couple of weeks, and you've given me perfect inspiration! Thank you!
    Christmas Blessings,

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  6. Stunning!! I LOVE lanterns so you had me with your title, but these pictures have inspired me to pull ALL of mine out and load up the buffet! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see what you do this year!

    Miss Mindy

  7. Wow, it's beautiful!! Very stunning.

    Jocelyn @

  8. I am so in love with lanterns!!!
    You have put together such a beautiful setting!!

  9. I adore lanterns and this arrangement is so lovely.

  10. oh my goodness, i absolutley LOVE these lanterns! stopping in from BNOTP.

  11. What a beautiful buffet setting! The lanterns are really pretty. Everything looks so warm and cozy...Christine

  12. So so pretty.. I love how you set up the buffet. You planned it out so beautifully. I am sure it was a magical evening for all. xo marlis

  13. I am so happy to see you blogging again. I think I went through withdrawl! I love this buffet setting.

  14. Gorgeous, indeed! I love the ambiance of the lanterns ... the beautiful dinnerware ... it all looks so very inviting!

  15. Love this, yes, you should do something like this again this year! It makes such a beautiful buffet table!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  16. Such a luxurious setting for Christmas Eve dinner. The windows reflecting the tree and lights are so pretty. Love all the dishes and the silverware looks so pretty in the glasses.

  17. Outstanding. I'll be copying this for my Holiday Dinner on the 15th. I Love It!!! Patty

  18. I'm completely blown away by your outside Christmas decorations. Who puts them up?? My lights are all screwy! Yours are so straight.

    The table and vignettes are beautiful as well (or should I say, as usual).


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