Vintage Buffet Tablescape Ideas for the Holidays

A festive vintage buffet tablescape featuring gold and silver pieces to accent the ironstone dishes that hold your food items for your holiday gatherings. Your guests will enjoy the vintage vibe of this buffet tablescape!

5 Days of Christmas Cheer

We are five blogger friends who are kicking off the Christmas Season with Five Days of Holiday Inspiration! Here is a sneak peek at what we will be sharing each week! Be sure to go to the end of this post to see today’s inspiration!

  • Monday – Holiday Recipes
  • Tuesday – Holiday Tablescapes
  • Wednesday – Handmade Christmas
  • Thursday – Christmas Gift Wrapping
  • Friday – Our Christmas Trees

5 Days of Christmas Cheer

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vintage buffet tablescape

Truth be told, I don’t do the typical tablescapes that I see on the interwebs. They are beautiful, no doubt!

It’s probably because our family has never been formal. Don’t get me wrong – I think the fancy tablescapes are gorgeous! I’ve just never been able to pull it off very well.

One thing I have managed is to make a pretty buffet-style setting for our gatherings. Our family gatherings have been large and we end up sitting all over the place. One table doesn’t hold all of us!

Maybe one day when our grands are older, the adults can sit at a lovely table setting. 🙂

One can always dream!

First things first, let’s have a stack of ironstone plates, vintage silverware (this has been in my hubby’s family forever!), and cloth napkins ready for the guests. People can grab their plates and head over to the buffet table!

stacks of vintage and antique ironstone

best way to serve a buffet (IMHO)

For our family, the best way to have a food station has usually been on our kitchen island. If I didn’t need to set up this tablescape for buffet table images for this post, I would have set up all of the cold food, the hot food, and the desserts the day of the event on our large kitchen island.

Our kitchen coffee area would act as our dessert table! As a side note, we often use pretty paper plates for desserts. I go all out and buy Chinet. 🙂

buffet tablescape with vintage ironstone

buffet table from a communion table

But since we’re getting all fancy, let’s set up this buffet tablescape on this pretty communion table I painted. Can you believe this table only cost $2? It sits in our dining room but has also been in our kitchen.

The communion table is framed by these two cabinet doors that are missing the glass doors. We added chicken wire so that I could use the space for decorating. The wire holds the vintage glass ornaments perfectly!

I started the tablescape with an accent layer of antique lace that belonged to my mom. She used this gorgeous lace tablecloth for the times she set her table fancy. Usually, that was during the holiday season. Maybe that’s why I’m not too fancy. 🙂

buffet tablescape with antique ironstone

The lace looks pretty all bunched up so I shaped it to curve around the entire table top. The ironstone dishes would nestle in nicely within the folds.

vintage painted buffet table with antique serving dishes

ironstone serving dishes

Next, I chose the focal point pieces- you know, the dishes that would hold the good stuff! We are simple eaters and usually, we have just a few food items for our meals. Holidays can be a time that we have more food options but for this holiday buffet tablescape, I decided to keep it simple It would be easy to add additional ironstone pieces to serve more variety of foods.

I stacked ironstone platters with vintage silverware for the sliced meat on top of a handmade wood slice riser. We have turkey for Thanksgiving and Ham for Christmas. This vintage ironstone platter would hold plenty of sliced meat!

Then it was time to think about side dishes. I’ve only included two ironstone dishes – one for mashed potatoes and the other for a veggie. The dishes are actually soup tureens.

We have collected these dishes for a long time. I decided to stack the tureens in the back for the veggies for added interest. You will notice that I used a vintage crocheted doily to help stabilize the dishes.

antique irontone soup tureen

vintage fondue pot

Did you notice the silver fondue dish in the background? This was an inherited piece from an elderly lady I cared for 18 years until she passed. I thought it could hold gravy! I even have a vintage silver ladle to serve the gravy!

vintage silver fondue set

Small ironstone plates will hold the serving utensils so that the pretty lace tablecloth doesn’t get messy. If more space is needed, just keep the serving utensils in the dish with the food.

We like to offer water when we host meals so I thought this gorgeous silver pitcher would look nice. A small ironstone bowl with another vintage doily will prevent the moisture from the iced water from getting all over the place.

antqiue silver water pitcher and brass candlesticks

polish the silver for the holidays

BTW, I haven’t decided if I will polish the silver pieces. Silver is pretty polished as well as tarnished. The good thing about liking both is if I polish the silver, it will be tarnished again soon!

Do you think I should polish the silver? Let me know in the comments!

The bread for the meal could be already on the table. Most people like more than one piece of bread with their dinner. The ironstone butter dish is on the buffet so that everyone knows where to find it!

dried roses and antique ironstone soup tureens and silver pieces for a holiday table setting

brass candlesticks

Let’s look at the decor pieces for this buffet tablescape. Three vintage brass candlesticks are in one corner of the buffet table. I like odd numbers when decorating and I think the same idea holds true for tablescapes.

The real candles will be replaced with battery-powered taper candles soon! Come on Amazon delivery!

The other corner of the table has an upcycled thrifted piece I found for around $3. It. was a quick makeover and I will be sharing that on Instagram soon! Having these similar colored decor items balances the tablescape, don’t you think?

upcycled home decor piece with glass glitter

See those gorgeous dried roses? One of my sons-in-law gave me a dozen of white roses months ago. Before they were too tired, I hung them upside down on the children’s chairs that hang in our dining room. They dried perfectly and look amazing in the vintage ironstone sugar bowl with gold trim.

You can also see the pretty ornament Christmas tree hanging in each of the antique cabinet doors. I just love this whole scene!

dired roses, vintage brass candlesticks on a tablescape

upcycled home decor

The last decor pieces that I have are these adorable gilded pears. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any images for a tutorial but I can tell you they were so easy to make. Maybe I will get some more and make a tutorial for Christmas!

Do you set up a fancy tablescape for the holidays or for other gatherings? I would love to hear about your traditions! Let me know in the comments or drop me a line by clicking on my Contact Me option at the top of the blog!

buffet style tablescape with vintage dishes

Maybe you are looking to recreate this look for your buffet tablescape this year. I’ve gathered some links from Etsy just for you 🙂 Shopping for vintage and antique pieces from Etsy is a great way to add to your collection!

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vintage inspired buffet tablescape

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Holiday tablescape

Reinvented Delaware

A festive vintage buffet tablescape featuring gold and silver pieces to accent the ironstone dishes that hold your food items for your holiday gatherings. Your guests will enjoy the vintage vibe of this buffet tablescape!

vintage silver water pitcher with brasscandlesticks

South House Designs

Want to wow your guests, but make it easy on you? Follow these 17 tips for setting a beautiful looking holiday buffet table that also functions beautifully. It lets your guests know you have been thinking of them while planning a great evening together.

tablescape idea for the holidays

Vintage Home Designs

The holidays are the perfect time for entertaining. I love hosting dinner parties and wanted to create a Christmas tablescape this year that was simple and beautiful. By pairing the natural look of greenery with the elegance of gold bells and brass candlesticks I was able to create a classic and unique table.

place setting with white dishes

Living Large in a Small House

At Living Large in A Small House, there is a new theme every year. This year it’s going to be a laid-back rustic woodland theme. Creating the tablescape was so much fun. Using things we already have and foraging for natural elements outside, make this an inexpensive table.

holiday tablescape

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  1. Your buffet is absolutely stunning! I love your collection of ironstone and silver. Timeless.

    1. Thanks Renae, ironstone is one of my favorite things to collect 🥰

  2. It’s STUNNING, Cindy!! Your Ironstone collection is just…incredible. I love how you styled everything on that pretty table. The neutral color scheme is beautiful!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the buffet tablescape Rachel! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Michele - vintage home designs says:

    I love everything about this buffet table Cindy! You know I’m a sucker for all things vintage and you knocked this one out of the park.

    1. We are vintage-kindred spirits, Michele! So glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. Cindy, I love everything about this buffet! From the communion table, and the lace tablecloth, to the silver, and amazing ironstone pieces! It is stunning! You do “fancy” well! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Haha, I”m chuckling at the fancy part! We are definitely and casual kind of family! Happy Thanksgiving to you too Donna!

  5. Such a lovely table and perfect to decorate for the holidays.

  6. So pretty, Cindy! I adore dishes in general and vintage ironstone in particular, it is so versatile. You have a beautiful collection!

    1. You and I have a love for dishes in common – it’s hard to control myself! But I don’t control myself where ironstone is concerned 😊