Cold table: 60 ideas for decoration and how to assemble

THE salad bar can offer both entry to a dinner party and being the protagonist of a party without dinner. Cold cuts are not limited to cheeses and sausages, but they are also lighter foods like fruits and breads. This can be a more practical option when it comes to providing flavors and textures to guests. You can use all your creativity to surprise everyone, not forgetting the balance between sweet and savory flavors.

Turn the variety into the best decoration for your table, after all many types of celebrations can count on the cold table: it can be present at weddings, children's party, baby shower, party of 15 years, informal parties, bar party and barbecues .

Before you get inspired, check out some general tips to help you plan:

What to serve at the table of cold cuts and menu?

All the table of the cold table must be chosen beforehand so you can take care of each combination and offer options at all, for example, if your party has children, the best options are the softer cheeses and the colorful fruits. There is a wide variety of items to be served at your cold table, from cheeses (national and / or imported) and inlays to side dishes such as fresh fruits, jellies, nuts, olives, breads, toasts and, drinks such as wines, beer, sparkling wines and soft drinks.

Here is a list of suggestions for each menu item:

  • Cheese : The list is almost infinite. You can use the gouda, edam, gorgonzola, emmental, parmesan, provolone, pecorino, brie, camembert, gruyère, grana padano, ricotta, mozzarella, cheddar, cheese minas frescal among many others that will sharpen your palate and the guests.
  • Sausages and the like : Carpaccio, raw ham, boiled ham, salami, turkey ham, Canadian loin, pastrami, canape and turkey breast.
  • Breads and Toast : What are not lacking are delicious options to include on your table. From whole grain bread to white bread, Italian bread, wholemeal crackers, crackers and toast of various sizes.
  • Fresh fruit : Grapes, plums, strawberries, figs, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and oranges.
    Other snacks: Cashews, walnuts, pistachios and almonds are welcome, plus half-bitter chocolate, jams, fruit jellies, jams and honey. If you want to vary further you can include pates, sauces, guacamole and hummus.

More tips:

  • The amount of cold and food : everything will depend on the amount of guests and whether the cold table will be centerpiece or just extras among the dishes served. To serve as an entrée, consider 150g of cheeses and cold cuts per person, even in an event where the cold table is the main course, something between 200g and 300g per person is ideal. In the case of breads and toast, you can consider 100g for each. Remembering that the same amounts are considered for children as this will generate a balance between the amount that adults and children eat.
  • Exposure time on the table : the ambient temperature is the ideal to consume the type of food that we are going to serve in this party. Try to remove the cheeses and sausages from the refrigerator 1 hour before and the packaging only a few minutes before serving. If your table is exposed for hours, some foods should be avoided, such as mayonnaise-based sauces, for example.
  • Food position : the position of the food is very important both for the decoration and for the practicality and ease with which your guests will be able to serve themselves. Try to keep all the cold ones close to each other and group toasts and pates.
  • Table and decoration : You can choose between using a tablecloth (light and solid, or with lots of color and more boho chic prints) or prioritize the table itself. The wooden surfaces can give a rustic or delicate air, according to its tone and texture. In addition to the actual arrangement of food, you can use other decorative features such as decorated bottles, candlesticks, cutting boards and floral elements such as small flower arrangements and / or plants. In addition to the layout of the food, the place of the utensils is also very important in a cold table: everything should be within the reach of the guest and organized according to the need to use.

60 decorating ideas for cold table

See below our gallery with over 60 amazing inspirations from cold table for parties and at the end of the post, know the step by step how to make yours:

Simple and cheap cold table

Image 01 - Brie, raw ham, blackberries and oranges - harmony of different elements.

Brie, raw ham, blackberries and oranges

Image 02 - Bet on the taste and beauty of the seasonings.

The beauty of spices

Image 03 - Plaquinhas to signal each cheese.

Signage of each cheese

Image 04 - Individual portion with fruits and olives.

Portion with fruits and cheeses

Image 05 - A small piece of each to taste with the wine.

A small piece of each cheese to taste with wine

Image 06 - Tasting different flavors and textures of cheeses.

Different flavors and textures of cheeses.

Image 07 - Wood and silverware for sophistication and delicacy on your table.

Wood and silver items.

Image 08 - Fresh herbs to decorate and to eat.

Fresh herbs for decorating

Image 09 - Know your cheese.

Know your cheese.

Picture 10 - Cheeses in pieces give a more rustic tone to your board.

Cheeses in pieces: a more rustic touch

Image 11 - Breadsticks and fruits.

Breadsticks and fruits.

Picture 12 - Individual boards as entrance.

Individual Tables

Image 13 - Jellied on the spoon, fruits and cheeses.

Jellied on the spoon and fruits

Image 14 - Two cheeses with sauce, jelly and breads.

Two cheese with sauce and breads

Image 15 - Containers with a little bit of everything.

Containers with a little bit of everything.

Picture 16 - Simple cold table with mirrored tray and candlesticks.

Simple cold table

Picture 17 - Make honey the perfect combination on your board.

Honey and its perfect combination for a fruit table

For party or simple meeting for birthday

Picture 18 - Intimate meeting with table of cold and clean decoration.

Table for intimate meeting
Table details for intimate meeting

Image 19 - Cold table with plants and wood.

Table with plants and wood

Image 20 - Striped towel and picnic mood.

Table decoration in the picnic mood.

Picture 21 - Combine light colors with natural themes.

Light colors with natural themes.

Image 22 - Composition of delicacies on the slate.

Delights on slate.

Picture 23 - A little corner in the garden.

A little corner in the garden.
Details of the table in the garden.

Picture 24 - A toast! Cold table for engagement.

A cold table for engagement.

Image 25 - Red fruits and the care with the details.

Red fruits on the table.

Image 26 - Plaquinhas with the names and composition of the cheeses.

Plaques with names and details of cheeses.

Image 27 - Central flower arrangements and individual portions served on the slate.

Cold table with central arrangement of flowers.

Image 28 - Table of cold and fruit with extension and variety.

Table with extension and variety of cold

Picture 29 - Decorate your table of cold for party with bandeirinhas.

Party table with flags.
Visual details of the cold table.

Image 30 - Combine fresh fruit, breads and nuts at your wedding table.

Fresh fruits, breads and nuts.

Picture 31 - Let nature invade your table with arrangements of fresh and dry leaves.

Arrangement of dry and fresh leaves.

Picture 32 - Meal between friends.

Cold table for a meal between friends.

Image 33 - Off-white tones in the flowers and utensils to combine the vivid colors of the food and the wood.

Tones off-white on flowers.

Image 34 - Spread honey on specific points on your board and place cheeses and other items to harmonize flavors.

Spread honey on your board at the table.

Image 35 - Deconstructed items on the table.

Table with deconstructed items.
Details of the cold table with deconstructed items.

Image 36 - A small board before the plate.

Small board before the dishes.

For parties and meetings with 50 and 100 people

Image 37 - Color and variety for a large table where everyone can sit and serve themselves.

Color and variety in table decoration for cold cuts and fruits.

Picture 38 - If you prefer, you can use an exclusive corner for a cold table for 50 people.

Cold table for 50 people

Image 39 - Position the wine bottles along with the snacks.

Use the bottle of wine along with the snacks.

Picture 40 - A piece of shredded cheese looks much prettier next to bunches of grapes.

Use grape clusters to decorate with pieces of cheese.

Image 41 - Herbs and fruits leave your table in the colors of the orchard.

Herbs and fruits bring the colors of the orchard to the table.

Image 42 - Combine the colors of your cold table with the mood of many boho chic prints.

Table with stylish boho chic decor.
More details of the table with boho chic decor.

Picture 43 - A thousand colors and flavors in each bowl.

Colors and flavors a thousand in each bowl.

Image 44 - This tree-cut board for sure will give the highlight deserved by your table of cold.

Táboa with tree format for table decoration.

Image 45 - Trays with mounds of everything.

Trays with heaps of everything.

Picture 46 - Bet on the variety of pieces of seasoned cheeses.

Bet on the variety of cheese pieces.

Image 47 - Refreshance and lightness on the cold table for 100 people.

Table with refreshing and light decor.

Cold with fruit

Image 48 - Outdoors and with many fruits.

Outdoor decoration with many fruits.

Picture 49 - Brighten your table with candles and clear details, contrasting with a dark center that gives unity to the table.

Contrast between dark table center and decorative details in light colors.

Image 50 - Sign the cold spot on your desk.

Flag the corner of the table with cold.

Picture 51 - Half bitter chocolate and dark fruits give a remarkable flavor to your table.

Bittersweet chocolate and fresh fruit.

Image 52 - Refreshing and colorful drinks to match the red fruits and other outstanding flavors of your cold table.

Bet on refreshing and colorful drinks on the table.

Image 53 - Crackers and dried fruits offer more crispness for their combination of flavors.

The crunch of crackers and fresh fruit.

Image 54 - Place special combinations in highlighted places.

More than special combinations in consecrated places.

Picture 55 - The perfect balance! Mix creamy cheeses with whole grain breads, nuts and fresh fruits to find harmony between sweet and salty.

Table decoration with the perfect balance.

Picture 56 - The softness of the pears is a perfect pair for cheeses with more accurate taste.

The softness of the pear with cheeses.

Image 57 - Dried fruits are also a good request.

Another option is to bet on fresh fruit.

Image 58 - Striking salads and sweet fruits.

Marvelous salads and fresh fruit.

Picture 59 - At a party for more guests, the long board allows small portions of all elements to be arranged along the table, so that the traffic in the room is more fluid and everyone is more comfortable.

Small portions on board for more guests.

Image 60 - The very leaves of the fruits that will be served can be part of the decoration of your cold table. Make a composition that mixes whole pieces and pieces of fruit and cheeses.

Use the fruit leaves themselves when serving the table.

How to set up a cold table

The table layout is the time when you can make suggestion of combination of flavors for your guests, so everyone will have the feeling of care and delicacy in the smallest details.

  1. Use a spacious base suitable for cuts such as wood or marble.
  2. Arrange the knives near the ingredients, you can reserve the knives with saws for harder cheeses and the ones without saw for softer cheeses or pâtés, jellies and other pasty accompaniments.
  3. Put the cheeses and sausages on the board. Do not forget that these are the protagonists of the table, so keep them in the center. You can choose to slice just a few slices and leave the rest uncut or also make the cut to distribute the way you prefer.
  4. Distribute small bowls with olives, pates, jams and pickles around cold cuts.
    The loaves can be sliced ​​and distributed over the board, while the toast should be close to the buttery cheeses.
  5. If you use the whole fruit, place it directly on the board, since the sliced ​​fruits can be in bowls with sticks.
  6. You can still combine the texture and flavor of half-bitter chocolate into coarser pieces scattered across the board. It combines perfectly with salty ingredients.