What are grazing tables for? That’s a question that has baffled generations of gourmets worldwide – and one that still puzzles many club members in today’s bar scene. Grazing or Table grazing? Who cares what the name means, what the look means and who came up with the name? We’ll address all these questions in this article as we take a look at some of the benefits and pitfalls of these tables.
Pros and Cons
Let’s start by looking at the advantages of the grazing table. First, it is the new and modern, entertaining trend that provides you with a fantastic way to entertain guests whilst also maintaining food costs down while enhancing your outdoor living space. With a small footprint that takes up less than half the footprint of a patio table, you can entertain and eat outdoors without causing a huge dent in your bank account. Moreover, guests are much more likely to appreciate the beauty of your garden and backyard and to be in awe of the fact that you’ve created such a tranquil oasis when compared to other outdoor areas. Whether you are looking for a solution to an indoor space that is both functional and attractive, or a space to introduce friends and families to the pleasures of eating outdoors, this type of entertainment platform will provide it.
Next, let’s take a look at some of the pitfalls of the grazing tables. The first one to surface is the fact that most lawns in most of North America are not suited to accommodate them. If you are going to use them as part of your outdoor entertainment, you must make sure your garden area is adequately suited to hold the size of your guests and any other furniture pieces that you may want to include on your patio.
If you are going to place larger and bulkier furniture on top of your grazing tables, you need to have sufficient slope on your patio floor. This allows your guests to sit comfortably on the grass without having to rest their legs on the cold concrete or gravel that may be beneath the snow. If you are going to allow your guests to sit on the grass with a nice view, you need to make sure that you have enough space to get all the things that they are going to need. If you are unable to provide enough seating for all your guests, you are going to end up with a mess on your hands, which is surely not any fun.
There is also the problem of keeping your guests from getting too hungry as they feast themselves on your lovely little grazing tables. They will prefer to be fed with delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, so be sure that you keep plenty of tablet-shaped foods on hand. These include fresh salads, bread, and snacks. It may even be a good idea to keep some non-alcoholic beverages handy as well. Just remember that your guests are going to be eating, so you do not want them getting too hungry!
Another thing that many brides forget about when it comes to the food that they serve on their wedding tables is that they should be served according to each guest’s diet. As we all know, not everyone likes the same foods, and there are bound to be some who will refuse to eat anything other than a particular type of food. This can be very tricky, but if you serve all the meals on one buffet-style table and then ask your guests to select what they want to eat, you will be able to ensure that everyone has something to eat that is going to please them. It is best to follow your heart on this one and go with a traditional style wedding cake, but don’t neglect the grazing table altogether.
Of course, many brides choose to decorate their grazing tables with bows and flowers. This works well for traditional weddings, but many brides are opting for something a little more unique for their wedding day. The great thing about choosing to decorate the table with natural elements such as faux leather and natural twine is that these items will match just about anything. For instance, if your table has ivy on it, you could choose to drape some vines over the top of the place setting, and even add a few twigs and leaves to the centre. There are so many things that you can do to make grazing platter’s a part of your reception.
If you are having your wedding at a location where you are staying in, rather than at a hotel, you may want to consider making your grazing tables portable. Some people like to make the centrepieces look like they are part of the structure itself, which would work perfectly at a country inn. Many of the guests at your wedding will probably be travelling to and from the reception location, so having your table set up on the cart and then letting the guests take it with them is an excellent idea. After the party is over, you can simply take the cart down to the reception, unload your supplies, and set up once again – all while your guests are walking around with their plates and glasses!