The menu was adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Parties Cookbook:
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Carrot Cake Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese frosting
Chocolate Ganache cake
Shortbread cookies with Silver Dragees
Lemon honey poundcake w/ fresh strawberries
Assorted hot or Peach ice tea
Assorted cake pedestals collected over the years from Potterybarn, Crate and Barrel and Ebay, create an easy, yet stunning display. The most frequent mistake hosts make when arranging a buffet is creating a "flat" table. Remember that presentation is key. Keeping an assortment of glass or white porcelain pedestals on hand will guarantee you'll have a beautiful table, no matter what you're serving. Another trick is to keep a few sturdy, but shallow boxes or books that can be easily wrapped in a matching cloth napkin to use as a riser. Think anyone will notice if I sneak a cupcake?
Even paper napkins can be pretty if they are displayed in a pretty container. This one is the bottom if a decorative shell box. Don't forget to set out a few extra plates for second helpings.