Drawing inspiration from nature is everywhere in 2017. From Pantone® choosing “Greenery” as color of the year to design trends pulling the outdoors in, a turn to the natural world is calling all of us. These general trends translate beautifully to your next tablescape or buffet set-up. Easily add this look to your buffet table with beautiful nature-inspired catering disposables. Use these tips and tricks, along with Hoffmaster products, to spark your next buffet table design idea.

Elevate your tablescape with height and dimension

Before adding a tablecover, plan serving dish and platter placement. Knowing the number of dishes on the final table allows you to build height underneath your table cover to give the display added dimension and attractiveness. When designing the flow of your buffet table, create varying levels by using sturdy cubes, upside down bowls and vertical elements to showcase a landscape that inspires. Adding succulents or other greenery brings Mother Earth directly to your event, while also providing additional texture and dimension.

Setting A Natural Table Tone

With height established on the buffet table, set your tablescape tone with the perfect tablecover and runner. Set the foundation for your buffet’s natural feel by pairing our White Linen-Like® tablecover and Linen-Like® Natural Weave Tablerunner. All Linen-Like products provide the look and feel of linen without the hassle of laundry. Plus, the tablerunner and other natural disposables offer the look of burlap without the rough feel or smell of the real thing.

Maintaining order with catering disposables

Tidy buffet set-up and management helps keep a beautiful buffet throughout the event. Try outlining serving platters with doilies for a vintage touch full of function. Our wide assortment of doilies fit a range of platters perfect for serving appetizers and desserts. Plus, if the doily becomes soiled, it can be easily replaced during the event. The light and airy feel of doilies is a great compliment to natural-inspired themes. Our paper doilies can be turned into a tablerunner when scattered down the buffet’s center line in various sizes.

Doily Tablerunner

Creating a Natural Scene with Buffet Decorations

Infuse a feel of nature into your buffet table idea with perfectly placed décor. Buffet decorations can be everything from trays to napkins, silverware and special touches—anything that helps set the scene for your meal’s theme.

Themed napkin and flatware selections add subtle decorative touches with lots of options to choose from. Try burlap-printed FashnPoint® napkins or create a flatware display in a basket or flatware tower with burlap CaterWrap®. A flatware display provides a decorative choice while also making it easy for guests to gather their silverware when moving through the buffet line. Using CaterWrap also saves your team setup time, so it’s a win for all!

Serving appetizers or desserts in your buffet line-up? Pre-portioned appetizers or individual desserts are a perfect match with burlap in gold Simply Baked® Cups. Mini cheesecakes can even be baked in the cups for set-up simplicity! Or add a pop of color with fuchsia dot or turquoise dot print cups.

Let our beautiful, natural catering disposables help make your buffet table design ideas a reality while cutting down on clean-up time.


Linen-Like® White Table Cover
Linen-Like® Natural Weave Tablecovers
Linen-Like® Natural Weave Tablerunners
FashnPoint® Burlap-Printed Napkins
Burlap CaterWrap®
Simply Baked® Cups