Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grape Harvest Celebration Buffet

I'm excited to be joining a group of very talented ladies in a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate.  Although fall is not quite here yet, now is the time to plan for any dining occasions you may have coming up and you'll find lots of inspiration in the links I'll have listed at the end of my post.

Fall signals the beginning of the grape harvest in the vineyards of many wineries around our province and that is the theme I chose for my tablescape.

Rather than the usual tablescape though, I chose to set up a 
buffet-scape for outdoor entertaining.

A grape harvest celebration buffet

I began by creating this grape-themed centerpiece with a thrift-store grapevine wreath placed in a woven tray.

I arranged faux grape clusters into the wreath.

A footed hurricane was set in the center.

Faux grapes and a coordinating candle were nestled inside.

Some faux fall grasses provide a backdrop on the table and a few other decorative elements were included.

Identical footed hurricanes were placed at either end of the table. Grapevine spheres with battery-operated mini-lights were placed inside.

A tall black lantern stands behind the centerpiece.

The flatware was placed in these rustic vases I recently found at our local thrift store. They were accented with faux grapes to fit the theme.

Empty wine bottles were also given some embellishment.

I've had these grape patterned plates for years. They were tucked in a wooden crate.

Purple compote dishes coordinated with the colour scheme.

Cloth napkins in purple and green were arranged with grapevine wreath napkin rings.

This buffet was set up on the patio area in our backyard.

What's a grape harvest celebration without some wine & cheese?

Here's a different way to use your dessert dishes...

...try using them for salad instead!

Although I know my relatives whose family own a winery would rather celebrate at the end of the grape harvest season, we've gotten an early start :)

Thanks for visiting!

Be sure to check out all these other bloggers' tablescapes linked below.  They'll have you welcoming the fall season with open arms!






A casa di Bianca

Hey Fitzy

Red Cottage Chronicles

Rustic & Refined

Supper Table Talk

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:


  1. Here in Italy we are in the middle of grape harvest. Your tablescape it's perfect for this time of the year!

  2. I love all your grape harvest details from your clusters grapes centerpiece, hurricanes, lanterns and grape plates! Your pretty purple compote glasses make eating salad a lot more appealing too. ;)

  3. Lori, what a beautiful grape harvest table with all of its details...the hurricanes, the grape plates, the compotes, I would love to join you at this buffet table in its pretty setting! Love, love, love it!

  4. Beautiful, Lori! A perfect transitional idea between summer and fall.

  5. WOW!!!!!! Celebration of the grape! My kind of party indeed!!! What a gorgeous buffet! The grape should be celebrated before AND after the harvest in my opinion, so you're right on target! I love those purple glass compotes, and using them to serve salad is a terrific idea. Why not switch it up every so often? Makes life interesting!

    Have a great weekend!!! Well done!!!

  6. You have certainly set the scene for a gorgeous grape themed get together! I just might have to "borrow" your idea of setting up a buffet table, since I am more likely to host something like that than a dinner party these days! Your table is so lush and elegant! The colors are rich and it is all full and overflowing like the bounty of any harvest would be! Just Beautiful! Thank you so much for being a part of the tablescape blog hop!

  7. Gorgeous! I want to sit outside in your backyard!!! Love the plum color so much.

  8. Lori, Wow and wow! Your buffet is stunning! You party will be a huge success.
    I love the idea of using your dessert glasses for salad! Your checked tablecloth frames your purple glasses beautifully.
    Do you do catering at all? You certainly could with your eye for design.
    I am so impressed with your patio and backyard. It is the perfect backdrop for your buffet.

  9. Wow! Lori, your pictures are amazing and this really does look inviting. I love it!

  10. Beautiful Lori. Loving your rich grape harvest table. You are so right, it is the season. My husband will be joining some friends for picking the grapes. Your yard makes a lovely backdrop for this pretty table. Love the idea of using dessert compotes for salad. Beautiful accessories make this table pop.

  11. Love everything about your harvest table.
    The plates are perfect in this setting.
    All the grapes & candles just lovely.
    I think this is by far the favorite table
    I have seen sence following BNOTP
    Linda C in Seattle

  12. Since I live smack in the middle of Niagara Wine Country, your table really speaks to me! Our grape harvest gets underway in mid September and I have been watching the vines go from spindly little twigs to plush vines loaded with juicy grapes! You can bet I will be borrowing some of your table elements for some upcoming casual wine tasting evenings with friends!

  13. You can set a buffet like no other and I always find ideas here that I'd like to borrow. The grape plates in the crate are so different and I love the round basket and the way you presented the salad. Beautiful as always Lori!

  14. Lori, this is gorgeous!!! I love this buffet setting!! I grew up in the middle of many grape vineyards so this really speaks to me. I am enjoying every detail from the silverware in the urns, to the selection of crates and baskets it all flows so well. Plus you have the perfect backdrop with your evergreens and the grasses. Wonderful job!!!

  15. It's beautiful! I like how you repeated the grapes and vines, and it's all perfect with your plates. Great idea to use dessert compotes for salad servings. I love that! :-)

  16. Cheers Lori! You have created a wine festival in your beautiful backyard! I certainly wish I was on the guest list for your wine buffet celebration. Your friends and family are so lucky to be treated to all your fabulous tables and vignettes, you entertain with such flair!

  17. Your grape themed buffet is so charming and pretty! I've really enjoyed participating and seeing all of the lovely tables this week! Blessings, cecilia

  18. Lori, I feel as if I've dined in a vineyard, and your table makes me want to stay forever. The grape patterned plates and gorgeous amethyst goblets are so beautiful. Love the Trailing grapes, the lanterns, the breathtaking backdrop. 🍾🍷🍇

  19. Oh how I wish I lived close to you and we were great friends so I could be invited to your gatherings. Everything is always so beautiful.

  20. You are amazing- this is so beautiful. Love how you displayed the grapes. What a wonderful theme for a party.

  21. Holy flipping majoli Lori! Hold on, I have to scroll back up and look again....

    Bravo Bravo! That is hands down the most beautiful. What a great idea using the grapes in mass quantities. Absolute perfection. Pinning and sharing this. Have a great day!

  22. Lori, I love your use of items on hand as well as those thrifted. Your creative use of place, light, color and styling are just a few of the traits that show how very talented you are. Your tablescape draws me right in. Bravo! Ciao!

  23. Your grape harvest theme table is gorgeous! I love everything. Your backyard is also stunning! So fun blog hopping with you this week...Kristy Seibert Starfish Cottage Blog

  24. This tablescape is gorgeous! Designing tablescapes is one of my favorite things to do, and this one totally inspires me. Very pretty.

  25. Wow Lori, what a stunning harvest table. So many details to look. The hurricanes, the grape plates, the compotes... You have thought of everything. Who wouldn't love to join you at this buffet table. You have truly done an outstanding job styling this fall table.

    Love it all. It was fun joining you on this fall blog hop.


  26. Fabulous!! just Fabulous!! wonderful outdoor table decorations...

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  27. Gorgeous table! The words almost escape me...but I will try. First I really like the plum color candles...and coordinating everything to go with those. Also...the wreath in a basket centerpiece. I want to try to copy this at some point, if you don't mind. I just love buffets where people can help themselves. It's always fun to blog hop with you! Sheila

  28. Your tablescape makes me want to go to a wine tasting at a vineyard! What a beautiful theme!!

  29. Your tablescape is beautiful! Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty

  30. It is gorgeous, Lori! What a beautiful theme! I love the outdoor background. Gorgeous!

  31. oh my gosh, i absolutely LOVE that. just take a wedding and plop it in there, and they'd be lucky to have that set up!

  32. So perfect for the harvest season! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  33. Lovely!!! and a perfect idea for our area. There are many vineyards near us!
    I really appreciated the idea to use dessert dishes for salad. A great way for me to actually use some of the pretties that I just can't seem to resist :)
    Hope all is going well for you and that fall will actually show up on time!!

  34. What a wonderful table! You always create the lovliest tablescapes. Don't see many current tables and I miss them.


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