Are there some commonly used expressions/phrases for when the table is full of dishes, bowls, etc.c (generally food)? In the sense the host has prepared a lot of food for the party, guests, etc. and it looks impressive.


The table was groaning under the weight of food prepared.

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  • Thanks, that's the expression! – gruszczy Dec 31 '19 at 16:05

Sounds like a great bounty. What a smorgasbord! A true cornucopia of goodies. A generous feast!

All of the above take a somewhat high voice, but that might be appropriate when complimenting such a show of hospitality. To call it an impressive spread might be more casual.

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  • Yeah, smorgasbord is what I think of first. It's used both literally and figuratively. – Hot Licks Dec 31 '19 at 13:14
  • Spread was my first thought. – KannE Dec 31 '19 at 18:29

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