Rule number one when it comes to grazing tables: more is more.

Think you’d like to try your hand at arranging one of these smorgasbord-esque buffets this holiday season? The key to pulling it off is throwing caution to the wind and just going for it. Save your restraint for your next gastronomy night — grazing tables are all about encouraging guests to gather, eat freely, and relax. And for the party host, it doesn’t get much easier than a display that requires little to no cooking, and whose beauty is in its messiness.

Right now, we’re all about creating our own over-the-top grazing experiences using store bought ingredients, and the 8 examples below are all the inspiration we need to get started.

featured image by Urban Radish

An epic market table at the townhouse wedding of Jacqueline Burke and Luke Ostrom.

Austin’s own Spread and Co. are experts at arranging grazing boards, like this mostly charcuterie creation.

Croissants, yogurt, and waffles are arranged with every topping imaginable at this amazing breakfast grazing table.

A layered cheese wheel cake takes this setup by Lush Platters to the next level.

Meticulously arranged dessert grazing tables like this one are Bijou’s Sweet Treats‘s specialty.

Go the sweet and savory route with two separate grazing boards to fill your table, like these from Design Love Fest.

More is more in this show stopping grazing table by Urban Radish.

A signature grazing table by The Honest Platter featuring only the best in seasonal produce, local cheeses and scratch made bread.

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