How to create a delightfully simple grazing table

by | Sep 20, 2023 | How Tos & Guides

Are you eager to elevate your next gathering without drowning in logistical nightmares? Welcome to the world of simple grazing tables – your key to unforgettable and stress-free entertaining. We’ll take you though how you can create a simple yet stunning grazing table that will impress your guests and have them coming back for seconds (or thirds, or fourths).

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or planning a unique wedding grazing table, this guide has you covered. A grazing table isn’t just about the food; it’s about creating an experience that’s relaxed, enjoyable, and utterly delicious. Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!

First things first, what is a simple grazing table?

A grazing table is spread of of delectable bites including cheeses, deli meats, crackers, bread, dips and fruit, artfully arranged on a large table or board. It’s a visual feast that encourages guests to get up and mingle, exploring what’s on offer at their own pace.

Grazing tables are fantastic for any social event, offering a relaxed and communal dining experience. If you’re in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Adelaide, you’re just a click away from making this a reality.

What are the benefits of a simple grazing table?

  • Ease of preparation: Preparing a grazing table is far less labour-intensive than a multi-course meal.
  • Great for dietary restrictions: It’s easy to accommodate various dietary needs or preferences.
  • Encourages mingling: It gives your guests something to talk about and do together.
  • Visual impact: It’s Instagram-worthy and will elevate the entire vibe of your event.

What to put on a simple grazing table

Let’s talk ingredients! To build a memorable grazing table, you’ll want a mix of textures, flavours, and colours. Here’s how to do it:


  • Soft Cheeses: brie, camembert, or French d’affinois
  • Hard Cheeses: cheddar, gouda or manchego
  • Specialty Cheeses: blue cheese, baby bocconcini or burrata

Charcuterie / Meats

  • Cured Meats: prosciutto, salami, or soppressata
  • Smoked Meats: smoked turkey, ham, or smoked salmon
  • Specialty Meats: duck liver pâté, mortadella, or chorizo


  • Fresh Fruits: strawberries or other berries, grapes, or sliced melon
  • Dried Fruits: apricots, figs, or mango
  • Exotic Fruits: kiwi, pomegranate, or dragon fruit


  • Creamy Dips: hummus, tzatziki, or spinach artichoke dip
  • Savoury Dips: olive tapenade, pesto dip, or salsa
  • Sweet Dips: fruit preserves or jams, honey, or even chocolate fondue!


  • Crunchy Nuts: almonds, walnuts, or cashews
  • Salty Snacks: pretzels, olives, or popcorn
  • Crackers & Breads: water crackers, baguette slices, or lavosh crisps

Mix and match from these categories to create your perfect spread, and remember you’ll also need serving utensils, plates, and napkins. Consider how you’ll store hot or cold foods to maintain their optimal temperature before setting up your graze.

How to make a simple grazing table

Choose a theme

Picking a theme can help you in the selection of ingredients, decorations, and even the tableware. Be it rustic, vintage, or a beach party, make sure it resonates with the overall vibe of your event.

Add decorations and props

Adding some decorative items or props can elevate the visual impact. Think fresh or dried flowers or greenery (like eucalyptus or olive branches), different shapes and sizes of bowls, or signage for the different foods.

Create layers and texture to the table

Use wooden boards, cake stands, or bowls to create tiered heights and add depth to your grazing table.

Arrange the food

When arranging the food, think in terms of both accessibility and aesthetic. Your table should look abundant, but not cluttered. Check out our guides for more grazing table ideas, and to learn how to create the perfect grazing table.

Tips for organising a simple grazing table

  • Start Early: Don’t leave it until the last minute. Make sure you list out your ingredients and quantities well in advance.
  • Know Your Audience: Cater to your guests’ dietary needs and preferences, or make sure general dietaries are considered (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan)
  • Mind the Weather: If it’s a hot day, make sure you are setup to keep the food fresh, including having a cool / shaded area for the graze, and being spot-on with your timings.

Frequently asked questions about grazing tables

How do you lay out a grazing table?

Keep it simple but visually appealing. Scatter crackers, fruits, and nuts across the table. Place cheeses and meats at intervals and fill in the gaps with dips and smaller items. You can frame the whole graze with greenery, and use whole fruits to fill in any major gaps.

How early can you set up a grazing table?

You can set up most of the table around 1 before your guests arrive. It’s best to add perishable items last to keep them fresh.

What can I use as a base for a grazing table?

You can use anything from a wooden plank or board to marble slabs, or even just a table with food-safe laid on top. The aim is to complement your chosen theme and enhance the presentation.

Experience a deliciously simple grazing table today

Hopefully from this guide you’ll now feel that creating a simple yet mouth-watering grazing table isn’t just doable, it’s an absolute delight! You’ve learned why it’s a fantastic choice, what to include, and even some pro tips to make it your own. But what if you could up the ante without lifting a finger? That’s where Gathar comes in.

Specialising in catering that turns any gathering into a foodie adventure, we are just a click away. Turn your next event into a feast to remember with Gathar’s expertly crafted grazing tables. All you have to do is enquire today, and we’ll take care of the rest. Now that’s a simple grazing table!