Unless you’re living the lifestyle of the rich and famous a buffet table is one of your best bets for accommodating more guests. It’s also less formal and more appropriate for certain occasions. This is the first time I’ve went from buffet table to a seated arrangement and it was super easy. The transition took about 15 minutes. I moved the vase to the center of the table at sat it on top of the acrylic box. The only addition to the table was another goblet and two purple vases with beaded sprays.
My Mother’s Day Buffet was just for us so it was very informal and relaxing. After serving ourselves in the dining room we ate around the kitchen table. For a larger number of guests there are a few other things you have to keep in mind so that everything flows smoothly.
Whether food is served buffet style or it’s a sit down dinner, adequate seating is needed. All of the chairs don’t have to match; they just need to be sturdy. If you don’t have enough, borrow, or rent them. When renting chairs or any other equipment make sure it’s returned in a timely manner, you don’t want to lose your deposit and/or pay a late fee. If the guest list is long, it may be best to nix the idea of using your best china and crystal, accidents do happen. Everyday dinnerware is sufficient; again it doesn’t have to match. The same holds true for flatware. Head for your local thrift store and have at it. While you’re there scour the shelves for trays, platters, candleholders, napkins, and tablecloths.
Check out your local party stores for stylish plastic and paper options in dinnerware and cutlery. Keep in mind that thin and flexible paper plates generally don’t hold up to heavier food items. While there are tons of pretty and affordable options it’s wise to buy the best and most sturdy ones that your budget will allow. If you’re using plastic cutlery; a good rule of thumb is to have at least two forks and spoons for each guest, the same goes for glasses. Guests don’t always remember to save their utensils. They also will set down their glass and forget where they left it.
The most important element of any buffet or seated dinner is that you, the host, be relaxed and that you have fun.
Link parties are so much fun and these are the ones I’m attending this week.