Have you ever wondered how to throw an effortless party that looks made by a professional? The answer is to browse our grazing table ideas and recreate them at your next party!
The hottest Pinterest trend is taking the online world by storm. And we thought it would be about time we got familiar with the whole story too!
At first glance, grazing tables look like a pile of food thrown together for everything to pick and choose what they like. Think of buffet tables, but more arty and fun to eat your way through. Even though they look like they’re just randomly thrown together, they actually require a bit of planning and preparation.
You need to think about the shape and size of your ingredients, their color, the different food preferences of your guests, and much more. You also need to think about if you pick a specific theme and what shape of table or setting you will be using.
If you want to give it a go for your next party, we’ve collected over 35 of the most epic grazing table ideas from Pinterest to get you started, if you would like to create one for your party.
There are also a lot of catering companies that will make these as per your wishes, so just save your favorite ones and send to them.
Last but not least, we have also included a short video tutorial below.
Grazing Table Ideas: Video Tutorial
Check this simple tutorial made by All Things Anastasia.
35+ Best Grazing Table Ideas
Happy browsing – and apologies if you get hungry, we did!
1. Wedding Grazing Table
Impress the guests at your reception with a feast fit for a king (and his queen).
2. Lobster Grazing Table
Go all fancy with a lobster themed grazing table, a sure win no matter what the occasion may be.
3. Outdoor Grazing Table
Outdoor grazing table with beautiful laid out food sections and dip selection.
4. Mini Vegetarian Grazing Plate
Hosting a vegetarian gathering? Even vegetables on their own make a stunning centrepiece and grazing table.
5. S’Mores Grazing Table
Winter gathering? Sweet offerings will be much appreciated, especially if served on a grazing table consisting of s’mores!
6. Sushi Grazing Table
A modern take on a classic grazing table idea.
7. Dessert Grazing Table
If you’re hosting a kids birthday party, this dessert table is something that will excite also the adults attending.
8. Rainbow Grazing Table
How beautiful are these veggies? From cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes to exotic additions like beetroot hummus, this healthy and hearty grazing table is a win for every occasion.
9. Giant One for Baby Shower
Baby shower menu that will feed a crowd.
10. Boho Grazing Table
Boho wedding? We’ve got a grazing table idea to match the occasion.
11. Individual Grazing Boards
If you prefer to have food on multiple places around the venue, you can display them on individual boards that stack up together to create this giant grazing table.
12. Breakfast Grazing Table
Breakfast spread of dreams! All it’s begging for is for someone to take a bite.
13. Mixed Fruit Grazing Table
Making dessert option a healthy one.
14. Wedding Feast
For wedding receptions, there’s really only one way to do a grazing table – go big and bold. This one is just begging to dive in.
15. Tacos Grazing Table
A Mexican take on a party classic.
16. Winery Grazing Table
Themed grazing table in the most wonderful looking location.
17. Grazing Table with Individual Sections
If you like your food separated, you can create a grazing table feel by adding many different food sections on a one giant table.
18. Tropical Grazing Table
Cheese and fruit board goes all fancy.
19. Round Grazing Platter
Forget about serving tray, think one giant grazing platter!
20. Hot Chocolate Grazing Plate
Dessert spread for a winter wonderland party?
21. Classic Breakfast Grazing Plate
Serving breakfast to a crowd? This is certainly the way to go!
22. Vegetarian Grazing Table
Vegetarian classic complimented by a selection of fruit and dips.
23. Vegan Grazing Table
Even vegan food looks pretty spectacular as a grazing table spread.
24. Raw Grazing Table
On a raw diet? You will love thins one! Bonus points for creating beautiful shapes with the veggies.
25. Dip Party
One giant dip bowl and plenty to nibble on.
26. Wooden Board Table
Elegant wood board in the middle of the table is the perfect vehicle for your grazing board.
27. Grazing Table Idea for Baby Shower
Adding cake stands to your grazing board is a great idea to add some variation in height and focal point for the table.
28. Donuts Grazing Table
Oh, did someone say donuts?
29. Sectioned Breakfast Table
Sweet and savoury breakfast table served in a stylish wicker basket on top of a grazing table.
30. Multi-Tier Grazing Table
Beautifully separated, yet blending perfectly together.
31. Sectioned Baby Shower Grazing Table
The classic for baby showers that never gets old. Note the selection of not one but three baby shower cakes.
32. Grazing Table Idea with Flowers
Flowers are not used in tables very often as they don’t mix well with touching food, but they can elevate your color scheme beautifully.
33. Cheap Grazing Table Idea
If you’re on a budget, invest into plenty of veggies and cheap snacks that mix well for a crowd.
34. Luxurious Baby Shower Grazing Table
Serving mimosa or champagne? Make them a part of your grazing table.
35. Fall Inspired
Fall inspired bountiful table that’s begging to be eaten.
36. Greenery Table
Hosting a St Patrick’s Day party? You can get a themed grazing board even for this occasion.
37. Grazing Dessert Table
How wonderful is this layered table?
Grazing Table Ideas FAQ
Creating a grazing table is a fairly easy and fun task, and with a bit of planning and a shopping list you will get it done in no time. You will find plenty of inspiration in our roundup above, and some of the most frequent questions are addressed here.
What Food Do You Put on a Grazing Table?
- Cold cuts, salami and cheeses.
- Fresh fruits like strawberries, banana, pineapple, blueberries and even exotic fruits
- Different types of nuts (check with your guests for allergies first)
- Savory snacks
- Crackers, pretzels, fresh slices of bread, and breadsticks.
- Dips and spreads, hummus being one of the most popular ones
- Olives, pickles, and other antipasti.
- Sweet treats (chocolate, mini pastries, cupcakes, candies and tarts)
- Don’t forget about lots of veggies
Grazing Table vs Charcuterie Board – Which One is Better?
Grazing tables are used for a bigger crowd and occasions like weddings, baby showers or birthdays. You can also use a charcuterie board, but it won’t feed as many people, and you will need to make many of these if you’re catering for a bigger crowd.
How Do You Make a Good Grazing Table?
Pick a Theme: Before you start, pick a theme. It could be anything from a personal party to official holidays like Christmas or Easter, or even a corporate event. Depending on your event you can pick typically food and tastes for your occasion.
Serve it with a Style: Make an impressive grazing table with beautiful platters, boards, and bowls. It is easy to find colorful or natural-looking sets of plates, bowls, and boards that could be matched together for a stunning result.
Stay Fresh: Use seasonal herbs and flowers to make your grazing table a unique piece of art. Play with textures that will elevate the table and make it look more interesting. Use contrast to visually section the different elements on the table.
Pick Tasty Food: Not only tasty but seasonal too. You will get a delicious result by choosing some local products from the farmer’s market. Don’t forget to stick to the theme of your party and pick fruits and vegetables according to the season.