Setting a buffet is an easy way to entertain… especially when you are trying to create an informal or cozy atmosphere.
I often use my kitchen table as a buffet when I want to create a relaxed meal or I am feeding a crowd.
Buffets and fall entertaining are a perfect fit! The food is so flavorful and earthy and… there are so many fabulous natural elements to embellish the buffet!
Here is a small buffet I set for a recent early Autumn supper…

Golden morning light was streaming through the windows as I got the buffet ready!

My barn beam table was a nice hand hewn background for the buffet! A simple burlap runner was added for a little extra textural interest.
For the table, I used lots of white with accents of honey gold… and a big splash of burnt orange from Pycracantha berries.

A big round basket pulls together a centerpiece vignette.  
Beautifully worn vintage flatware handles peek from an ironstone pitcher… even flatware can be used in a centerpiece!
A rotund creamy white pitcher hold Pycrantha berries from our espalier. Pycrantha does not give up it’s berries easily…it is very thorny and hard to cut, but so worth the effort!
I am a huge fan of white dishes… especially large white plates!  These are just the most stunning square embossed dinner plates. I got them at HomeGoods on sale for $3.00 a piece. I sure do love a bargain!

Just to look pretty I put golden brown leaf plates from Pottery Barn on top of the white dinner plates…  and then added a baby boo pumpkin cradled in a  brambly candle ring.

Round white dessert plates that match the dinner plates are stacked on the table too!
They are topped off with gold leaf bowls… again encircled with brambles. The fall waldorf-style salad looked so festive in those bowls!
A white ironstone tureen was filled with a hearty Roasted Squash Soup.  
Ironstone cups are stacked and ready for soup!
A little pumpkin is tucked inside the top cups for now!
Bowls to be filled with food are now brimming with pumpkins! What a Autumnal display!
Casual leaf napkins pull the colors on the table together.
Fall is my favorite time of year.. full of beautiful colors, textures and flavors!
A buffet is a wonderful way to greet guests with a welcoming harvest meal!
Roasted Buternut Squash Soup With Creme Fraiche
Autumn Waldorf Salad

Mulled Cider

Honey Poached Pears In Puff Pastry
(look for this culinary tutorial on Friday)


    • Eva Popovich says

      Stunning, yes! What I loved about it is that this look is crisp as a Jonathan apple, but warm as a bowl of butternut squash risotto! I’m glad I found your sight.

  1. says

    Such a perfectly festive autumn buffet! I love your mix of dishes with natural elements and especially the menu. It just all works to wonderful together! Thanks for the bit of inspiration!

  2. says

    You’ve captured all the fabulous things about autumn in one post.. Luscious food, Luscious photography, and a Lush table.. Splendid.. xo marlis

  3. says

    Gorgeous, Yvonne!! I love the casual feel of a buffet table. So relaxed and cozy. What a steal those square white plates were. They are beautiful! Your napkins would go with any fall table. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Well since fall and fall colors are my favorites you certainly got my attention this morning Yvonne, as always you pull your elements together to make them look so effortlessly placed. I love the colors of course and the stacking you did along with the striking color of the Pycracantha berries for your centerpiece just screams welcome to my fall table. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Hi, I love your table-the yellow bowls and salad plates are so perfect. I do have question for you though-I grew up with a Pycracantha bush in our yard, the birds always got drunk on the berries, but I remember my parents telling me the berries were poisonous. I’m not sure if that is accurate or not; if you are having an adult dinner I’m sure there wouldn’t be an issue but just wondered about this-is it myth or truth? Thanks for sharing your beautiful tablescape.

  6. says

    Hi Yvonne, your harvest table is a delight, from the white plate to the orange of the berries. I adore mini white pumpkins and I even was growing some quite by accident in my compost pile. xo, olive

  7. says

    Oh Yvonne your tablescape is so lovely for Autumn! I love everything about it! The dinnerware design is wonderful!

    I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Pumpkins from Love Feast!
    Art by Karena

  8. says

    your buffet table is stunning yvonne! you are truly gifted in everything you do. one question though: are the little white pumpkins real or faux? i’d love to use some for a fall tablescape. thanks…judy

  9. says

    Hi Yvonne, what a beautiful buffet table you’ve shared. The menu sounds perfect. I wanted to ask you if you wouldn’t mind following me and my little blog? :). Yours is probably the first blog I ever followed.

  10. says

    This buffet is so beautiful, I don’t think I’d even care what you were going to serve! (Although with what I’ve seen here, I’m positive your food was incredible!) I love those Pyracantha berries.

  11. says

    As always, Yvonne, your tablescape does not disappoint!

    May I ask, when you purchase accent dishes like the honey gold bowls or dessert plates or square plates (anything besides your beloved white Micasa dishes), in what quantities do you usually purchase them in?

    • says

      I purchase them anywhere I can find them. HomeGoods, Pier I, Macy’s, TJMaxx, K-Mart etc. I like to purchase at least 4 dishes of the same kind… or as many as 8 or sometimes 12 if it is for a holiday.
      Hope this helps!

  12. says

    Yvonne, thanks so much for your input on that other. I told Karen that it’s gotten to the point that I might not be able to catch up. I have to really think about this because I am so not technical and hate change of that sort. Not sure if I’m not just an old fossil, but we shall see.



  13. says

    Hi Yvonne: Your buffet table is so gorgeous. Everything goes together perfectly. The white dishes and the white pitcher with the berries are wonderful. Although there is some beautiful faux plants out there, you can always tell the real thing. Thank you for your kind comments to me. I appreciate it so much..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  14. says

    Yvonne…ok call me the dumb blogger…I had to google espalier,teehehe,so I would know what you were talking about…we just call it “pruning”,this gave me a laugh at myself…
    This buffet table setting is beyond gorgeous…wish I had a nice bowl of butternut squash soup & Waldorf salad

  15. says

    That cluster of berries on branches is SO pretty! It really makes the table stand at attention!!! I try to impress upon people that white is a perfectly wonderful neutral to use in the fall, and THIS is the way to do it! Perfection, Yvonne!

  16. says

    Yvonne~ I love everything on your harvest buffet table and your menu is drool worthy! I’ve said this before but I have a serious case of flatware envy :) Your harvest of Pyracantha berries in your pitcher is picture perfect~ it makes me wish we didn’t chop ours down after battling the thorns!

  17. LINA JONES says

    Love, love, love your blog Yvonne! Can you please tell me the brand of the square dishes. The closest Home Goods to me is about 150 miles and they are exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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