Skirted Table Dessert Buffet

I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to host anything at your house when you homeschool. There are books and #2 pencils and notebook paper e.very.where. This buffet that I’ve had for many years has recently become our locker. It holds all our books and is usually hideous like this. But without our beloved school room, it’s how we’re making do.
So what’s a girl to do when it’s Thanksgiving-hosting time? Put all the books nicely away somewhere out of sight?
Nah. That’s far too practical and grown up.
My solution: cover it up with some pretty fabric and noone will ever know the difference. I used  this simple tutorial here found via Little Green Notebook (a blog I love).   It took maybe an hour to hem and make the pleat.  I’m in love with the skirted table.
dessert buffet
I found the fabric at Lewis and Sharon Textiles and spray painted the lamp and the tiered tray. I basically hemmed the fabric and then ‘stuffed’ the fabric between the granite top (which comes off) and the top of wood. My husband informed that it’d be easy enough to staple the fabric to the wood but it’s Tuesday already and the list is long. We can hope for time to do that but if not, it works just fine like this. Just don’t pull too hard on it.
table
Today, while admiring my dessert buffet, I made this blueberry pie and this apple pound cake. I also have this pumpkin pie in the freezer already and these red velvet cupcakes. Tomorrow, I attempt this orange- chocolate ganache cake.
The most brilliant part of this whole buffet is my stealth purchase of cake forks.
Am I the only one who has to wash forks before dessert on Thanksgiving? I’m having 22 people at my house. I do not have 44 forks. I bought these at TJ Maxx and can’t wait to eat dessert without washing forks. It’s the simple things that make my day.

ps. I published this post without adding all the links and now I have to leave. Check back later for links and sources. :)

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18 Comments

  • Beautiful. Thanks for the links disclaimer. I was carefully hovering over the words, wondering why I couldn’t “find” the links :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tarahlowry says:

    love the dessert buffet…and looking forward to your links and sources so that I can see the desserts you’ve been making!

  • FringeGirl says:

    You sweets list is sounding like it may trump the turkey. YUM! Wow, the fabric hides a multitude of school supplies…very creative. I so want a cabinet with doors to hide all my books and papers. There just never seems to be enough room for the school stuff.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    -FringeGirl

  • FringeGirl says:

    You sweets list is sounding like it may trump the turkey. YUM! Wow, the fabric hides a multitude of school supplies…very creative. I so want a cabinet with doors to hide all my books and papers. There just never seems to be enough room for the school stuff.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    -FringeGirl

  • Renee says:

    Can’t decide which I love most-yellow tiered tray or the skirt! Darling. By the way, I used the silhouette tutorial from the 12 days… and I plan to make the necklaces for all the ladies in our family. THANKS!!

  • Southern Gal says:

    As I was reading this, my mama called and asked me to bring a dessert on Thursday. Nothing light in that array, I’m assuming. Cause my mama said make it light…right. I’ll be back for the links later!

  • Mandy says:

    LOVE that yellow tiered thingy:) And glad I’m not the only one that hides my junk in clever ways;)!!!

  • kristen says:

    Genius, Edie! Genius!!! Oh. And gorgeous too!

  • Esther says:

    You are amazing! I was trying to think where I was putting the deserts and you just gave me the greatest idea. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! The skirt looks fabulous.

  • Esther says:

    You are amazing! I was trying to think where I was putting the deserts and you just gave me the greatest idea. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! The skirt looks fabulous.

  • The dessert buffet looks beautiful Edie. You are so clever to find the time to do this. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

    Pru xxx

  • Trudy says:

    Thanks Edie,In town with chauffer/son, Sky, on last minute round up. Next stop…TJ Max. Then home depot…spray paint…style in a can! Sincerely Trudy

  • Cary says:

    Beautiful and Brilliant!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • patty says:

    it’s beautiful, edie!
    have a wonderful thanksgiving w your family~
    use manual and take lots of pics! ;)

  • paige says:

    44 forks? not i my friend!
    loving that skirted table.
    you made all those desserts? girl, you rock!
    have a fabulous week
    xo

  • Maria says:

    Hello, i,m maria from Spain and i visit your blog first time.
    Very good projects, and very good inspiration for me
    thank you very much
    xxoo

  • OM MY GOODNESS!! I am not crazy!! We had an improptu family gathering for a summer birthday. my 7 plus another 10…there werent enough forks. I am so so depression era cheap and DO NOT want to buy disposable stuff and throw it away. (I cant reuse it because guests DO throw it away) But I dont have the money right now to invest…I spent all Autumn searchign for a “good enough” price on extending over forks in the pattern we already have. It worked, but we were 3 spoons short. A dear friend who joined us was one who was shorted and announced “who needs spoons?!” Gotta love her!!

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