Use an Antique Baguette Tray As a Centerpiece

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Wooden baguette trays were typically used to hold the loaves as the dough was rising. But stumble across an antique one today and you might think, "Centerpiece!"

I spotted one at a cafe in a small Kansas town being sold for $40 a few years ago and now wish I had snagged it. You see, my white dining table is so… cold. It's thin, too, which would make a warm, patina-ed, old baguette tray the perfect centerpiece.

As for how to repurpose one at the tabletop, here are some ideas:

  • Use it as a linear fruit bowl, as pictured above with those lovely pears.
  • Display finds from the outdoors like shells, rocks, or pinecones.
  • Seasonally fill with pumpkins, acorns, willow branches, blossoms.
  • Line up votive candles in the trough.
  • Line with small ramekins for serving relishes, dips, toppings.

Have you seen an antique baguette tray in the flesh? Aren't they beautiful?

Here are two for sale at Etsy. These tend to be expensive online, which is why it's better to keep an eye out for them at vintage and antique stores where you're more likely to find a bargain.

Do you have one of these? What do you use it for?

(Image credits: Napa Valley Vintage Home)

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