Post # 1
I plan on having a buffet for our reception. Would it be weird to set the table (i.e. plates, silverware, etc)? I know normally for a buffet you pick up a plate at the end of the food table, but can’t help thinking the tables look a little bare without anything on them. Weird or ok?
Post # 3
charger plates would fill the bill and you can use a color.
Post # 4
I have actually been thinking the same thing. I think I am going to at least put the silverware along with folded napkins on the tables. Maybe folded as fans. I might also do plates but at least the silver and napkins. So that’s an idea if you want to leave the plates at the buffet line.
Post # 5
@ronny:Ooo, good idea! Why do I somehow imagine my polish relatives taking the chargers up to the buffet line though?? LOL
Post # 6
We are having a buffet with plated salads, so our tables will be set. The guests will still pick up their dinner plates at the buffet, but everything else will be on the table. We are also using chargers to add color and also so their place won’t be bare when they get up to go get their food.
Post # 7
I felt the same way! We had more of a “relaxed” wedding and used fun, square paper plates that would have blown away if I left them on the tables but didn’t want it to look bare either. We ended up using scrapbook double sided sticky dots to stick placemats to the tables and put the silverware rolled up in the napkin across the placemat. It made the tables look more exciting and they didn’t need to worry about grabbing silverware at the buffet line.
Post # 8
Did you check the previous posts on this topic for ideas?
People have suggested the use of chargers, menus, programs, napkins to fill in the space.
I have been to several buffet dinners where the tables were set with the plates and we carried it to the buffet. It was no big deal. After all, everyone carries it back from the buffet.
Post # 9
I had charger plates and I laughed when you mentioned your relatives taking them up b/c I had some actually do that!!! My suggestion is to have your DJ say something about getting the plates for the food AT the buffet table. 😉
Post # 10
I think it is a nice idea. It would seem dressier, more put together perhaps if the table was set despite the buffet.
Post # 11
I am going to set it anyways… i just think a set table is pretty and I am using mis-match vintage plates…
Post # 12
@amyisnice: That’s what we did too. It really looked nice when guests came in and no one cared about carrying them both ways.
Post # 13
I am just putting the silverware and napkins on the table.
Post # 14
@AppliedScience: HAHA I KNOW most of my relatives would take them to the buffet. I didn’t even consider this an option for this very reason.
Post # 15
We’re setting our table and having guests carry their plate to the buffet! Our colors are black and white and the china we’re using is the white element on the tables so we thought “what the heck! they’ll catch on” — no biggy! =)
Post # 16
We’re setting the table! We didn’t want to buy more than 1 plate for each guest and figured that this way, they’d know it was THEIR plate, rather than thinking there’s more plates to go back for more food. (Not that they can’t!)