Buffet Entertaining for Your Dinner Party
entertaining is the easiest way to start giving successful dinner
parties. They have become an American
institution and they aren't going anywhere. It is the answer for
entertaining any group. From church socials to an upscale holiday open
house, this style of service can be adapted to
nearly any situation or celebration.
A buffet party is one of the
most convenient to give. With buffet entertaining, there is less strain
on the person hosting. Additionally,
guests who might feel anxious about being seated at a more formally set
table are completely at ease wandering around a buffet table. A buffet
table provides a blank canvas for the host. You can
incorporate just about any colors or themes when setting the table for
about anything goes as long as the food and decorations are pretty to
look at and the table is arranged in way that makes sense.
the name is derived from a buffet (a piece of furniture), a buffet meal
can be served from a dining room table or a kitchen island. I have even
heard of a sushi buffet served on a naked body! If you think you will
entertain frequently, it would be a good idea for you to gradually buy
pieces of equipment which are especially suited for buffet
Wooden, glass, pottery and china trays or large dishes are ideal for
buffet table settings. Tiered wooden, plastic or glass stands when
with food make an attractive display.
The decorations, including
candles, may be taller than you would put at a “sit-down” table and you
can use props and risers to display your food more elaborately.
Whenever possible, use food itself as the decor.
Types of Buffet Service
are three types of buffet service
: informal, semi-formal
The choice of the type of service depends on the number of people to be
entertained and the amount of help available.
is used for a small group of people, usually a
group of close
friends or family getting together for a Sunday dinner or a similar
occasion. There is no waiting on the table. The guests take all their
food and silver to the place where they want to eat. In informal buffet
service a guest helps himself first to a plate, then the food. Before
he sits down he picks up the silver, napkin and beverage. For the
second helpings, the host may pass dishes or the guests may be asked to
return to the buffet table. The Southern buffet menu
would be perferct for this casual and informal meal.
church or community events. This type of buffet service would also be a
good idea if you are looking to cater your own wedding. It works well
for events where there will be a lot of guests. The host(or designated
person with the aid of a friend or two) helps the guests serve their
plates. It is ideal to have one person serving for each dish. That way
the guests don't overload their plates with food and the servers can
make sure the food doesn't run out before everyone is served. The
guests can take the plates of food to smaller tables which have been
sat up with silver, linen and napkins. The host and assistants may
serve thebeverage and dessert.
In formal buffet service
type which is used in hotels and banquet facilities, the guest selects
the food he wants and may take his own plate to the table or a waiter
takes it for him. The waiter serves the beverage and the dessert. FYI,
in this type of service a pre-plated salad is usually placed on the
table shortly before the guests arrival.