Grazing tables are elevating wedding receptions everywhere by providing a colorful spread to feast on and mingle over. This family-style display beats canapés any day—there's no need for a ton of catering staff and guests can dive right into a grazing table whenever they please. They're the perfect way to bring guests together between the wedding and reception, or even serve as the first course for dinner.
Grazing tables often take shape as a massive charcuterie board or spread of antipasti laden with meats, cheeses, olives, and a selection of breads. Fresh fruits, dips, nuts, and crackers are also traditionally incorporated. But truly, a grazing table can be any type of spread you choose, whether you're hoping to include more salads or vegetables, or even a few sweets. As long as it’s filled with assorted flavors and textures, you can’t go wrong.
Read on for 18 gorgeous ideas to set up and elevate your grazing table.
Cater to a Theme
Who needs a table when you have an old wine barrel to offer up some rustic charm? We love this concept for a vineyard wedding, bringing in elements of the winemaking process. Eucalyptus and dried grass accents finish off this clever aesthetic to make a beautiful statement.
Decorate With Candles
Why not mix in some décor with your display? Add height and contrast with various platters and shelving, and deck it out with candlelight.
Add a Bed of Greenery
Planning a grazing table for a winter wedding? A bed of evergreens on a bare wooden table creates that perfect forest feel. We love how this setting threw in king protea for an unexpected touch.
Serve Something Sweet
Who says a grazing table needs to be all savory? If you're setting up multiple tables throughout your reception, why not go all-out with a dessert or candy bar as well? Set up a display with your favorites such as donuts, cupcakes, sour ropes, and gummy bears and set out little bags or boxes for guests to make up a sweet goodie bag to take home.
Pack in Fruits and Veggies
We love the look of this bountiful display. A plethora of veggies, from broccoli and carrots to radishes and cauliflower, are put on display in beautiful baskets. And the addition of kale, parsley, and artichokes provide such a fun decoration for this green-themed grazing table.
Keep it Simple
A grazing table certainly doesn't have to be elaborate. In fact, it can be as simple as just setting up a great option for guests to have a snack. We love the idea of setting up a grazing cart with fresh olives to munch on for an Italian-inspired reception.