When deciding to have a party many people find that serving food buffet style is much easier than having a sit down dinner. With this kind of serving it is not necessary to serve each guest with various courses or worry about whether they will like what is being served. Buffet party food can be of such a variety that everyone will find something to enjoy. Regardless as to when the event is held it is always much nicer if everything is decorated, which can be done very inexpensively.
In serving this type of meal there is often concern about the amount and type of food to have available. The food should be varied and the amount depends on the number of guests. Also to be considered is whether this is a family affair or a more formal one, with guests.
Depending on the number of people present, one serving table will usually hold enough food for about twenty guests. If more than this is present than another serving table can be joined to the first one. Always be sure there are enough tables and chairs available for the guests to set comfortably while eating.
There is a choice in serving beverages. Some people have servers who go around pouring coffee or tea, others have a separate table for this purpose and the guests serve themselves. If this is one’s choice then it is important that there is a very large coffee maker as well as cups, hot water, tea bags, punch, sugar and cream available. If there is a bar it will have to be in a separate location with someone to pour out drinks. A dessert table should also be present.
There is nothing worse than a long line at a buffet table. For this reason it is always a good idea to have the table or tables placed so people can go down both sides. Having two sets of spoons at every dish is also a necessity.
A lot of time and confusion can be avoided if places are set, with silverware and napkins, for the guests seating. This eliminates the need for them to have to try to balance these items while filling their plates with food. It is important to always have enough places for all the guests so no one has to stand or be uncomfortable while eating.
Serving buffet party food can range from full course meals to finger foods or desserts. If finger foods or desserts are served then small paper dessert plates and napkins, with a fork for desserts, are all that are needed, as it will be assumed they have already eaten a regular meal elsewhere. A buffet, with finger foods, can also be a prelude to a regular dinner, depending on the occasion.
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