Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
I’m hosting our first married dinner party for 4 of my colleagues and my wife (obvs).
Ive been watching shows like Dinner Party Wars and Come Dine With Me, and I see that the people always plate their food, and then bring it out for their guests. Ive never really been to a dinner party…. But at family dinners my mom always did family-style.
Is it weird to plate someone’s food? I thought I could make a better presentation that way… And also my table only sits 6, and we will have 6. I’m worried there won’t be enough room on the table for all the serving dishes if I’ve got my charger plates and all the silverware, china and crystal out.
So ladies…. Please tell me: dinner party etiquette: plated or family style?
Post # 3
I think its weird. Makes peopel feel bad for not eating the green beans b/c they dont like green beans…
plus family style gives a more relaxed atmosphere.
Post # 4
How formal are you trying to be? I’d prefer family style for a typical dinner party. If you’re not having it catered, I think it may be a bit weird to serve people yourself.
Post # 5
Oops, I just noticed that this is a duplicate post! Please go here to comment on this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dinner-party-plated-food-or-family-style
Post # 6
You could set up your serving dishes in the kitchen and people can plate their own meal. I got to my in laws almost every sunday for dinner and she still doesn’t let us serve ourselves. There are some days that I’m still hungry because the portion she serves is too small. She makes “girl” and “boy” portion sizes which would make sense but some days I can eat as much as DH can.