Grazing tables are elevating wedding cocktail hours everywhere by providing a colorful spread to feast on and mingle over. This family-style setup beats canapés any day—guests don’t have to wait on waiters to bring them nibbles and can dive right into a grazing table whenever they please. While they’re a great way to bring guests together between the wedding and reception, grazing tables also make for some great end-of-reception eats when everyone’s worked up an appetite from the dance floor and needs a late-night snack.
Grazing tables usually take shape as a massive charcuterie board or spread of antipasti laden with meats, cheeses, olives, and breads. You can give these a seasonal take by adding unexpected fruits, like cantaloupe and strawberries for a summer wedding or apples for a fall wedding. You also can’t go wrong with dips, nuts, and crackers.
But that doesn’t mean your grazing table needs to uphold tradition—give it a barbecue twist and fill it with chicken wings and corn on the cob, display a range of salads, or make it seafood-themed and offer classics like shrimp cocktail and lobster tail. As long as it’s filled with assorted flavors and textures, you can’t go wrong.
Aside from the food, there are plenty of ways to style your grazing table—which doesn’t need to be a table, by the way. We’ve seen epic grazing tables on wine barrels, window ledges, and wooden boards. To make your grazing table look even more abundant and luscious, bring in lavish linens like velvet, or add greenery like evergreen or eucalyptus, which also lend a seasonal touch.
We’ve rounded up some epic grazing boards, from various food combinations to different ways of displaying the classic charcuterie and antipasti spreads.