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Hosting gatherings and parties at home is a wonderful way to bring people together and create memorable experiences. One trend that has gained popularity in recent years is the grazing table—a visually stunning display of delectable bites and treats that allows guests to indulge in a variety of flavors. It is literally a charcuterie board on steroids…like overtakes an entire countertop or table type of steroids. And…THEY ARE FABULOUS! While grazing tables are often associated with large parties or events, you can bring this delightful concept into your home and elevate your snack game for your family (and any guests that stop by). In this blog, I am going to guide you through the process of how I created my own version of a grazing table that never has to be disassembled and provides perpetual access to snacks for you and your family (provided that you keep restocking it). I call it…my Grazing Station and I believe it is the ultimate way to offer a beautiful and enticing assortment of snacks and fruit in your home that will also serve as a vibrant source of décor in whatever space you choose to place it. So, get out your pen and paper to take notes, and let your mind start wandering to the perfect location for a Grazing Station of your very own!
Choose the Perfect Location: Start by selecting a suitable location in your home for your Grazing Station. This can vary from home to home, depending on your layout, how much free space you have available and what you are trying to achieve from it. For instance, I assembled my Grazing Station in the breakfast area of my kitchen, because I chose to offer a selection of cookies and fruits on mine (and then it conveniently provided me with storage space for some onions and potatoes on the bottom shelf), but you may have another need/want for your Grazing Station. Perhaps you have teenagers in your home that have a designated space for them and their friends to “hang out”, such as a basement, attic, or loft where you would like to store small bags of chips, popcorn, candy, candy bars, etc. This could be a great option for you if you’d rather keep everyone away from raiding your cabinets and pantry. Alternatively, maybe you have a coffee nook in your house that could benefit from a Grazing Station that offers packaged (or fresh) pastries, bagels, breakfast bars, yummy cookies that pair well with your coffee, etc. Maybe after reading this blog, you’ll be inspired to erect several Grazing Stations in your home…YOLO right? Regardless of what your need/want may be, or where you choose to place it, your Grazing Station should be easily accessible and serve as an enticing and decorative focal point for your home.
Gather Essential Supplies: To create an eye-catching Grazing Station in your home, gather the necessary furniture, jars/containers/baskets for organization, and of course, several items to graze on. If you’re like me and love decorating, this is the FUN part! For my Grazing Station, I chose to use a three-tiered shelf doting faux marble and brass accents (Tribesigns 3-Tier Console Table, Gold Sofa Entry Table with Faux Marble Top and Metal Frame for Home, Entryway, Hallway). You can choose to use the same shelf as I did, something similar, or literally whatever fits the design style of your home, as long as it provides ample space to showcase whatever snacks/fruits, etc. you choose to display on it. For instance, you can set your Grazing Station up on a mobile cart for easy transport into several rooms in your home, or maybe you’d prefer to transform an old hutch that has been passed down through generations into your Grazing Station. Perhaps you already have existing shelves in a coffee nook in your kitchen that you can use. The possibilities are endless!
Once you have chosen the furniture piece you would like to use, it’s time to start thinking about the snacks/fruit/candy that you would like to display on it and the jars/containers/baskets that will fit on the furniture you have chosen. I think it’s best to contemplate these simultaneously, because they really can go hand-in-hand. For me, I knew I wanted to relocate my large cookie jars that I keep stocked with cookies at all times, so I made sure I had enough space for them on my shelf. I also chose to erect my Grazing Station in the same location I already had a four-tiered fruit stand, so I also wanted to incorporate my fruits and vegetables into my stand. To display my fruit, I chose large salad bowls (DOWAN Large Salad Bowls, 65 Ounces White Serving Bowls, 10″ Serving Platter, Shallow Pasta Bowls Set of 2, Serving Dishes for Fruit Salad Pasta Vegetable Prep), because they allowed me to stack my fruit while also letting their vibrant colors contribute to the overall design of my Grazing Station. I then chose brass wire baskets (mDesign Farmhouse Decor Metal Wire Bathroom Organizer Storage Bin Baskets for Cabinets, Shelves, Closets, Vanity Countertops, Bedrooms – 4 Pack – Soft Brass) to display two types of onions I use regularly, as well as my potatoes. The key to a successful Grazing Station in your home is an enticing array of snack choices. Aim for a balance of flavors, textures, and dietary preferences. You want to make sure you are offering something for everyone in your home.
Create a Visual Display: Arrangement and presentation are key to making your Grazing Station visually appealing. As I stated above, the intent of my Grazing Station is to provide an ample amount of snack choices, including both healthy and not-so-healthy options, while also serving as a visually appealing source of décor for your home. To achieve that, you are going to want to game plan how you would like to display your snacks in the containers you chose. Maybe you decided you want to set up an assortment of apothecary jars, filled with packaged breakfast bars, candy bars, candy, etc. If that’s the case, I would suggest setting the tallest one in a central location and build out from there; setting shorter jars in succession equally on both sides (or vary the heights of your jars at will). Perhaps you want your display to be a bit more “clean” and “uniform” like mine, in which I chose to use the same jars on one shelf for my cookies, the same bowls on another shelf for my fruit, and the same wire baskets on yet another shelf for my vegetables, positioning them all in a straight line across my shelf. Let your creativity soar here!
Finishing Touches and Maintenance: The final steps in the process of erecting the perfect Grazing Station in your home is to personalize it with some finishing touches and then maintain your masterpiece. For final touches, you may choose to add vinyl labels to your jars or wooden tags to the baskets or trays you use. I decided to add in some metal brass labels to my vegetables, but otherwise chose to keep my Grazing Station free from any extras, but you should decorate yours to suit your liking. That includes adding in some greenery with small artificial plants, or maybe a wooden placard or two with some quotes on it. It is completely up to you.
Lastly, in order to maintain your Grazing Station as a visually pleasing source of décor in your home, it’s important to restock your selections as they run out. Don’t make yourself crazy with this! I generally just keep some extra items in my pantry so that I can replenish them at will, but you should do what works best for you!
Constructing a Grazing Station in your home is a fantastic way to create a visually stunning and appetizing centerpiece for your family and guests. I love that mine offers my family with several snack options (both healthy and not-so-healthy), while also providing readily available refreshments for any friends or family that stop by. With careful planning, a variety of delectable snack options, and attention key details, you are bound to create a functional and decorative Grazing Station in your home!