self serve cake buffet?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Hostess
30305 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@LunaFleurLavender:  We didn’t do this but I just wanted to say that it sounds like a great idea! 🙂

Post # 4
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@LunaFleurLavender:  It sounds messy to me. I think cupcakes would work, but not cake. With a sit down dinner (which I have no idea if you are having), this just wouldn’t fit. If everything else is buffet style, then that’s different. Just my 2 cents.

Post # 7
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I would just ask your venue if one of the waiters / servers can manage the serving of this after dinner is done. Unless you put out a sign that its ok for guests to serve themselves they might feel awkward being the first one to dig into the cake. But I do like the idea 🙂

Post # 8
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LunaFleurLavender:  The Italian “sweet table” tradition is a table of desserts that is rolled out later on in the reception and is totally self serve.  It’s great.  Everyone looks forward to it.  You should do it.  It’ll be great.  Who doesn’t love desserts!?

Post # 9
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

@LunaFleurLavender:

Been to a wedding with one and it was fine.  The table with it was out in the open and obvious to see the whole night.  You could pull it out after you cut the cake (if you guys do that).

No one was tackled or injured in the run to get their favorite flavor.  Children were a lot more hyper though since it’s more acceptable to keep on going back.

Post # 10
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338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LunaFleurLavender:  we are having a big dessert buffet that will be set up by the caterers. my fiance has been to a wedding where they hired the same caterer and had the buffet, and he said it was one of the best things about the wedding! so i recommend it!

Post # 11
Member
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re going to have several different flavors of cupcakes, which will be self-serve. Cake sounds messy.

Post # 12
Member
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

One of my DD’s had this and we had the cakes cut during dinner and plated so guests could take what they wished.  Worked fine.  I wouldn’t have guests serve it though.  Guests won’t have gloved hands when they touch the cake and they might cut some pretty healty sized pieces!

Post # 13
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845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I attended a wedding that had a cake buffet. Cakes were on display after dinner and after the bride and groom cut one, waitstaff came out to serve the rest. It worked out beautifully. 

We served pie and waitstaff brought out individual slices after dinner and displayed the rest in a buffet for people to serve themselves when taking breaks from dancing.

Post # 14
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1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@LunaFleurLavender:  I LOVE dessert bars. The wedding we went to last night had a dessert bar AND had a plated cake AND the wedding cake. It was a little much.Most of the plated dessert didn’t get touched. EVERYONE went for the dessert bar though.

I personally am not a big cake person. Or even a chcolate person, so I’m happy when I get to choose my own desserts.

Post # 15
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

most banquets i’ve been to have a dessert buffet.  Cakes, pies, fruits etc all set out and people just go help themselves.  They’re great.  Just make sure someone can clear the plates as they’re emptied!

Post # 16
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856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my sister in law had the cake slices on a table for guests to select their own flavor.  i think it worked well because for over 600 guests and 7 or 8 flavors of cake, it would have been a nightmare to make sure everyone got what they wanted. 

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