Post # 1
So FI and I have just decided on the menu for our BBQ reception at our home. Now we have to decide if we are going to go with a buffet of our dinner items, or whether we will serve family style.
Our guest list will be 40-50 of our closest family and friends – and I am going for a homey, intimate feel for our celebration. I am doing one long table and REALLY would love to be able to pull off family style – I think it encourages folks to talk and share and serve each other. I’m a little worried with our menu that there might just be too much for the table – and I know that I would have to keep the tablescape to a minimum if we go this route.
Out dinner menu consists of:
- Smoked tri-tip or smoked brisket
- Smoked chicken
- BBQ ribs
- Ranch beans
- Green salad with basque dressing
- Mac and Cheese
- Roasted rosemary potatoes OR Sour cream dill potato salad
- Rolls OR grilled garlic bread
I suppose if I had to, I could have all the sides at the table and have folks go to the smoker to self serve the meats? Thoughts?
Post # 3
@codysgirl16: First off, awesome menu! Second, I like your idea at the end of serving all the sides family style but the meat at the buffet. Then people could run up to the buffet for the meat without having a huge plate to carry back to their table.
Post # 4
I’m NOT a fan of family-style… the plates are too heavy and it can be awkward…I’ve even seen ppl spill food on the person next to them when passing a plate. I vote buffet!
Post # 5
Buffet sounds awesome. It sounds like a laidback, fun reception, and getting up to choose whatever food you want when you want would be perfect. It would foster some mingling and socialization, and your guests won’t feel like they’re tethered to the table.
Your menu sounds great, btw, I really wanted a BBQ reception, but it wouldn’t have worked in late November where I live 🙁
Post # 6
I’m a family style person. I won’t get into the anti-buffet rationale (as it’s been overdone in previous posts). I also like that your guests can help themselves to the smoked meats at the smoker, kinda like a station. Those who just want meat or seconds of meat don’t have to wait ini a full long line just for that one item. I’m so glad it’s dinner time as you’ve made my very hungry!
Post # 7
Thanks for the compliments on our menu! So far, you all are split down the middle about which type of service… And good points made on both sides. Definitely would be bad to have a platter dropped on a guest… But making it so there isn’t a line feels much better to me – and worth that risk, I think?
I’m thinking of hiring someone to work the kitchen – they can help with set up prior/during the ceremony and then keep platters/bowls full during dinner.
Post # 8
Before we ended up choosing a cocktail reception, I was firmly pushing for family style (over the alternatives of buffet and plated). Just something so cozy about it, plus, no lines! I hate lines.
Post # 9
That’s sounds so yummy. Darn, I only have salad for lunch and now I’m so hungry!!