Sharing 5 tips on styling a holiday brunch grazing table – Bring on the bagels, croissants, cheese and the holiday cheer!
I’m back with another partnership with Mastro® and San Daniele® and we’re diving into my favourite time of year— holiday entertaining. When they said holiday, I replied prosciutto. After all, it’s a staple on my beloved charcuterie board. Fun fact! Did you know it’s the #1 selling Prosciutto brand in Canada? This comes as no surprise to me since they have been crafting authentic Italian specialties across Canada for more than 40 years.
With that being said, this year I wanted to take things up a notch. Pair my love for brunch and charcuterie into one- a holiday brunch grazing table. If you aren’t too familiar with grazing tables, they’re essentially massive charcuterie boards that meet buffet tables. We all know the best part of any party is the appetizers! From cocktail hours at weddings to baby showers, picnics, and other parties, family-style grazing tables are great because they let the host and guests casually mingle over drinks and yummy bites. Not to mention, when done right, they are
visually striking! The table is your canvas and we’re going to create some amazing (edible) art!
TIP 1: LOCATION
Location is where you plan on setting your brunch grazing table. It doesn’t necessarily have to be set on a dining room table. Countertop, computer desk or entry table – Truly anything goes! You need an idea of how big the area is so you can plan how much food you’ll need to fill it with. I set mine up in my office nook. When guests fill up their plates, they could seat themselves in my dining room, which is conveniently next to it.
TIP 2: FRESH PRODUCE
Seasonal and local produce is always best when you can, not to mention it’s a bit more budget-friendly. During the winter season in Quebec, locally grown fruits aren't in season (hello nose-freezing winter!), so I opted for local cheese and baked goods. On my brunch grazing table, you’ll find bagels, croissants, cheese, San Daniele ® Prosciutto and Smoked Prosciutto yogurt, granola, dried fruits, nuts, kiwis, pears, oranges, grapes, two kinds of jam and honey.
TIP 3: USE VARYING HEIGHTS
Not only does this help in creating that gorgeous visual factor, but it also allows your guests a little more ease navigating around the table filling their plates. Use cake stands, small wooden crates, tall and short glasses, piled up bowls and plates, etc…
TIP 4: MORE IS MORE
This isn’t the time to hold back. In my humble opinion, a successful grazing table is one that has every inch covered but that doesn’t necessarily mean only with food. If you find yourself with empty spaces, fill it with napkins, tiny bowls with seasonings (depending on your menu), herbs, florals or greenery. Anything goes!
TIP 5: BE A REBEL
Forgo any thoughts you had of rules. You can style your brunch grazing table however you like. Prefer the food only in the center of the table? Go for it! Love the idea of a grazing table but you’re on a tight budget? Make it a potluck meets grazing table. Ask your guests to bring the bagels, granola, fruit and their favourite store-bought jam, and you can take care of the refrigerated items like the yogurt, cheese and deli meats.
A huge thank you to Mastro® and San Daniele® for partnering with me! Have you ever created a brunch grazing table?
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