A few tips before you begin...
Gather your design elements
In the following photos, I used faux florals and greenery, dried hydrangeas, chestnuts, gourds, and candles. Choose a variety of colors, sizes and textures. You can also use small glass votives, Christmas ornaments, and other interesting items. I like to use small sentimental pieces, sometimes, as well.
Prep your flowers and greenery.
Select your serving trays.
These are the stars of the show! For my photos I used...clockwise from the left: Tuscan Basket Tray, Tuscan Round Cheese Tray, Bella Bianca Rectangular Tray w/ Handles, and Tuscan Medium Rectangular Tray
Create a focal point.
Decide which item will be the center of attention. This is usually your largest item and the one that is most colorful. It is the part of your design that will draw someone's eye! In most of these photos, it is the candle. Notice above...I did not place it in the center of the tray. You can do that for a more formal look, but it is often more interesting to place that object off-center. (You will actually move this off the tray before you begin, but you need to have an idea of where you want to put it.)
See the difference between placing your focal point in the center and then off-centered?
Start with the bottom layers and work up.
Fill in the gaps with small items.
Step back, examine from multiple angles, and let it sit for a day before making any more changes!
Sometimes it helps to walk away, take a break, an come back with fresh eyes!
Now...ENJOY!!! Your serving trays will never feel lonely in the cabinet again!