How to Make a Buffet Food Label

Food labels are great for buffets – not only do they identify the food – but help people identify foods that they are allergic or sensitive to.  The labels are super simple to make and really give your table that extra little touch!  First you will need some 3/16″ diameter wooden dowels easily found at your local craft store.

Then we chose an oval and a rectangle and some wooden Holiday ornaments to create our labels.  You can paint them with chalk board paint and write the names of the food on them – erase them when done to be used over and over again.

For the ornaments, we painted them white and green, used a glue gun to attach the dowel on the back of each of the Ornament Labels.  These are so simple to make that you could do a family project with them.  To make the labels stand up on the table, we used some votive candle holders with small decorative stones in the bottom.

We think Food Labels are a personal touch that make your guests feel special at your buffet table!

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    December 2, 2011

    Love this idea!

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    Heather @ Interior Groupie

    November 16, 2011

    oooh this is a great idea!! I’m going to use it for a holiday party coming up

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    November 6, 2011

    I will use this idea this Christmas when I have my brothers/sisters and spouses over. One cannot eat gluten so I am going to try to do a menu with all or almost all gluten free foods. A few, like the rolls and some desserts, will have gluten so it will be nice to have something to say a dish is “Gluten Free Ham” or whatever. Thanks!

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    October 30, 2011

    Love this idea…gives table an extra touch and so easy!!!!