There are 6 Basic elements to creating the table display.
1-Pick a location in your home. Move the kitchen table against a wall, use the island, or set up a table outside. Make it a central location and think of kid traffic and of course the weather.
2-Think of the backdrop; hang fabric or a curtain, use a banner, line up balloons or streamers.
I love the tulle backdrop Giggles Galore used for this peacock party.
3-When placing food on the table think height, either one tall in the center or two tall on the ends. Stack together cake stands or wrap a small box as a riser, this will give visual interest. Use flower pots, suitcases, buckets, a guitar case, etc - make the table interesting and have a layered look.
Wrap styrofoam with tissues paper to create a fun cake pop display and centerpiece.
Here I used an oatmeal container, wrapped in coordinating paper and voila - a riser.
5-Printables - To make your life a lot easier find a company (etsy, etc) that you can purchase party products - such as invitations, banner, cupcake toppers, favor tags etc. You can order them already printed or print them yourself on nice 80lb cardstock. This is a good option if you don't want the standard stuff from a big box stores.
I would love to hear you tips or tricks on what you do!