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Buffets are a guest favorite -- easily accessible food and lots of it! -- but making the spread look stylish (and not school cafeteria) can be a challenge. Our go-to trick? Putting selected dishes on a pedestal -- literally. And don’t worry if you don’t have a bunch of extra pillars and cake stands handy -- you can make cool-looking pedestals with stuff you have lying around the house.
Make a DIY pedestal by using pillar candle holders, cylinder vases or even small bowls flipped upside down to elevate flat dishes you already own. For extra stability, secure the bottom of the serving plate or bowl to its new “base” using a removable adhesive like 3D glue dots or earthquake putty like Quakehold. It will provide a surprisingly strong grip but will peel off when the party's over. For extra pizzazz, embellish pedestals with ribbon, scrapbook paper, rhinestones or other crafty touches.
If you don't already own pillar holders, check stores like HomeGoods, Target, and Z Gallerie (especially the sale section) for stylish and affordable designs. Sometimes discount store prices are too good to pass up, and if the color of the pillar isn't quite right, spray paint it!
Tip: Make sure your food arrangements aren't too top-heavy. Reserve the tallest displays for lighter foods and elevate bulkier dishes with small bowls that are only a few inches high. For extra stability, stack multiple bowls under one dish.
What interesting way have you served food at a party? Chime in below!