How to serve my afternoon tea reception?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which service is best?
    Full buffet and two people fill up their 3 tier tray : (0 votes)
    Full buffet - just skip the tiered trays and use plates : (3 votes)
    60 %
    Serve trays full in a standard selection : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Serve trays customized to order in the RSVP cards : (0 votes)
    Bring out empty trays and have the buffet trays so a pass through the room : (0 votes)
    other: please elaborate. : (1 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    6958 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Pele:  Given that your food is cold, I think option 3 is totally something that can be done ahead of time, assuming your venue has a large industrial kitchen with somewhere to keep them cold. Set them all up before the ceremony, stick em in the fridge and roll ’em out. It actually seems like the easiest way if you can do it ahead of time. 

    Post # 4
    3202 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Hmm… so here’s what I would probably do:

    Have the food on the tier trays on the buffet table before the ceremony starts. If the buffet table isn’t near where you guys are actually standing (the “altar” area), then I really don’t think it will be a problem as far as aesthetic appeal.

    Then after the ceremony people can use the tier trays as a buffet–there will be the visual appeal of everything being full and set out, and people will still get to choose what they want.

    I think that’s the easiest and least work for your family–I agree that you really don’t want to ask people to do work if you can avoid it! 🙂

    Everything sounds very pretty and sweet!

    ETA: I would probably just have people use plates to actually put their food on, and just use the tier trays for aesthetic appeal on the buffet.


    Post # 5
    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Do the buffet for the tea sandwiches, and maybe just have the tiered trays on the tables for a selection of desserts.

    Don’t make it too complicated. You could always display your desserts on the buffet table on the tiered tray as well and have the guests just use plates.

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