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It's one of the oldest entertaining tricks in the book - adding height to a display table by sticking shoeboxes or coffee cans under your tablecloth, then setting platters on top of them.

The only problem with this tried-and-true method is that it can look a little dated and drapey. We wanted a more modern look that wouldn't break the bank.

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That's why we love these fabric-covered magazine and paper boxes from Ikea. They're sturdy enough to hold a heavy platter, yet still modern enough to fit our style.

And better yet, we don't have to hold on to a lot of old coffee cans. When these boxes aren't holding up the buffet, they do double duty neatly storing extra linens and wine glasses on top of the bookshelves.

Looking for something to put on that buffet table? Check out these appetizers for a stress free cocktail party.

Buffet photo by Nina Callaway