Food & Prop Styling for “Big Batch Recipes” Story in TABLE Magazine

What goes into styling a spread like this?

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

For starters, I found this GORGEOUS tray in someone’s trash! As they say, one woman’s trash is a hoarder’s treasure…or something like that! Secondly, I was in a pinch for vintage wallpaper and happened to find a local etsy dealer with a roll of the paper you see here. We met in a Wendy’s parking lot, so I could buy the roll from her. I proceeded to use shoe polish to tarnish its pristine condition, so we’d have the weathered look you see here. Then there was the process of transporting rose hips! I’m still finding berries in my car!

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

As we put together these sets, I imagined a large farmhouse where these types of gatherings would take place and put common threads between the shots. The wallpaper that decorated the buffet later appears on the wall of a more formal gathering. I envisioned the rustic wooden surface we used as a side buffet table in a dining room, so it appears in multiple shots, where food would be offered to guests.

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

All of these images were part of a story on Big Batch cooking for the holidays. I also like this approach for entertaining. I often look for a simpler, big batch recipe to offset a more complicated dish that will require more of my attention.

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

Food & Prop Styling for "Big Batch Recipes" Story in TABLE Magazine // www.Quelcy.com

Post Script:

Client: TABLE Magazine, Issue #37, Winter
Food & Prop Styling by Quelcy.
Photography by Adam Milliron.
Story by Jessica Server.

Featured Recipes:

Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Big Batch Pancakes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes
Spiced Tea

 

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