Serving food buffet style is typically the easiest solution when you’re hosting a large group of people. Using buffet tables not only keeps your dining table from becoming too crowded, but it also helps to create a casual, light-hearted atmosphere. Before your guests arrive, set up your buffet table by following these tips.
Place napkins and silverware at the end of the table
Most people think to group napkins and silverware together with the plates at the beginning of a buffet line. This, however, makes it more difficult for your guests to serve themselves food, and silverware is often dropped in the process. Place all of the napkins and silverware at the end of your buffet table instead so your guests can easily pick them up as they head toward the dining table.
Leave room around both sides of the buffet table
If your buffet is currently placed against a wall, move it to the center of the room instead. This way, guests can form two lines on both sides of the table and the line moves more quickly and efficiently.
Start with the main course and finish with the sides
With so much food on the table, it’s not uncommon for guests to fill up their plates too quickly and run out of room for the food at the end. Make sure they’re offered the main course before their plates become too crowded by setting up the main dishes at the beginning of the line. Then you can finish with smaller items like dinner rolls and veggie platters.
Use varying heights and colors to add style
Depending on the food you serve, you may already have a colorful display for guests to enjoy. You can also set up an attractive buffet table by setting up dishes at varying heights. Utilize different items in your home like cake stands and platters to achieve various heights and create a more visually appealing display.
Once your buffet is all set up, enjoy your time with friends and family! Buffet tables make serving guests a breeze so you can have more time to relax and enjoy the good company.