Creating a buffet is a great idea for large groups. It allows guests to serve themselves and it takes some of the stress off the host. Here are our top tips for creating a stress free buffet:
- Place your buffet as close to the kitchen as possible. This makes it easy to replenish food as needed.
- Use a dining room table, folding table or the kitchen counter.
- To make it easy for guest to serve themselves, serve meats that are already cut or sliced.
- Roll the flatware inside the napkin. This allows guests to grab 2 essential items at one time and stack them at the end of the buffet.
- Use led candles and lights. A guest reaching over an open flame is an accident waiting to happen.
- Make good use of your table space by arranging your selections at various heights so your guests can see and reach everything with ease.
- Make sure the traffic flow is easy around the table. You don’t want your guests to feel like they’re in a cafeteria line. To help with the traffic flow, place the table in the center of the room. This allows guest to serve themselves from all sides of the buffet.
- Make it clear where the line begins with plates first. Then the main course, side dishes, salad, condiments, bread and last but not least, the flatware and napkins.
- Plan a separate table for beverages and desserts.
- The night before your party, set-up your buffet. Gather all of your utensils and serving dishes. Use sticky notes to remind you where each food item belongs.