Monday, May 19, 2014

Tea & Desserts on the Sideboard

As promised in my last post about my Mother's Day Luncheon, here's a look at how I set up my sideboard for tea and desserts.

First off, I want to point out an easy way to fit more items on your sideboard/buffet/table when serving or even just for decorating purposes.

I have quite a few of these "dish stacker" metal racks.
By placing them in different areas on your sideboard/buffet/table, you can create more room for both food and dishware.

 Just cover the racks with a placemat, napkin or tablecloth and they are "good to go". It is best to use something that keeps the dishes underneath easily accessible.


 Okay, onto the desserts!

I used this trifle bowl for ...
...the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.

 By having the compote dishes directly below, it was easy to serve.
These clear plates and the glass cake plate behind held the...
Chocolate Cream Pie
With plates and forks nearby, guests could help themselves.
A tiered glass stand stood ready for...
...some bite-size cream puffs, Guiness cheesecake brownies and quartered chocolate chip cookies.
Teacups are ready to be pulled into action.
The centerpiece on the sideboard is a bouquet of lilacs placed in a white pitcher. 
(Shhh, don't tell anyone, they are fake!)
And there you have it! A simple, easily-accessible way to arrange your sideboard when serving tea and desserts.
If you'd like to see my previous post about the Mother's Day Luncheon, click HERE.
Thanks for visiting!
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  1. This is a great idea for tea and desserts! Everything looks wonderful. I thought your lilacs were the real thing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous and thanks for the tip!

  3. Dining Delight,
    Love the arrangement of your desserts and serving pieces on the sidebar!
    Great, creative use of space and elegantly designed!!!
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. OUTSTANDING idea! Pinned it!!!!!! And your buffet - especially all the fabulous sweet treats! - looked fab!

  5. Your sideboard looks amazing, what a great space saving tip! No fair teasing us with those yummy looking treats! Thanks for visiting and leaving that sweet comment about Kate's wedding.

  6. Your sideboard looks amazing, what a great space saving tip! No fair teasing us with those yummy looking treats! Thanks for visiting and leaving that sweet comment about Kate's wedding.

  7. That is wonderful! the way you organized it and also the colors. You knew I'd be salivating over the colors didn't you! I PIN'd this too!
    Thanks so much for linking up with me at Table It!

  8. What a great idea to use the dish stackers and pretty them up with a placemat. Your buffet looks fab and all the desserts look decadent.

  9. I never would have thought of using those dish stackers like that!! Your buffet looks great!! Wonderful way to dress them up! Thanks for the tip.

  10. This is just lovely! What a great idea to use those little stackables!
    Your sideboard looks beautiful and is both pretty and convenient. Very inviting for guests! Love it. found at imparting grace linky. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  11. Thank you for visiting. What a lovely way to present your tea for your guests. Easy to serve as well as beautiful.

  12. AnonymousMay 23, 2014

    Wonderful display...I love the colors and especially the flowers.

  13. This is beautiful! Love the lilacs and the candle.

  14. This is such a great post and I LOVE all your beautiful pictures!

    I've just shared this on Google+ and Pinterest. Thank you for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday Party!

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend!

    Natasha in Oz

    PS I'm featuring this at my Friday Favorites post!

  15. Hi there, I am new to our blog, I just had to come see the rest of our party, it is beautiful and you have made your pictures look so pretty, what program do you use?

    I would like to invite you to join our Weekends Are Fun Party as well, hope you have time to stop by!

    Have a great day!

  16. Lovely.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper


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