What are stationary vs. passed appetizers?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Stationary would be just set out on tables, either in one place like a big buffet table or scattered across the room in several to make serving faster. Passed would be like it sounds,  waiters walk around with them. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

For my daughters’ weddings, the hot ones were passed, as well as a few cold; most of the cocktail hour cold food was on a buffet, such as a fruit tower, veggies, a cheese display, etc. Passing requires paying the catering staff, but it helps to avoid the crowd bottlenecks, around the tables.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Stationary can be either placed on a table buffet style, or scattered throughout the venue. Passed is generally butler style, served by staff on trays. We are doing passed. Personally, I went to a wedding last year that had stationary finger foods all night and they were scattered. I hated it only because we couldn’t find all the tables. Maybe it was because their venue was too large, but each table had a different type of food and we didn’t get to try even half the stuff.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Stationary are placed on a buffet table and passed have waiters walking around.  We had both at our wedding.  It seemed like the passed were more popular, because you don’t have to stop your conversation to get food, but the stationary was nice to have if guests didn’t feel like waiting for the waiter to get around to them to get some food.  Having both also allowed us to have more variety.  We had things such as fondue and deep fried ravoli on our buffet- which would be difficult to pass.  

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