(Closed) menu cards for a buffet?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

i don’t think so.  i did menu cards for a client who also had buffet.  this way people would also be prepared for what’s coming up at the buffet line.  we actually alternated the menu card and the cd favor, but no, it’s not weird at all.  enjoy!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

seems a little unnecessary, but why not? it’s your wedding & you can do it however you want! people will have something to look at (and drool over) while they wait to be called up to get food. i also think it’s good for any vegetarians you may have to plan their course of attack (sometimes i fill up on salad thinking there won’t be anything veggie only to realize there is an awesome veggie lasagna or whatever waiting just a few spots down). i guess that actually would be a good thing for lots of people who want to plan their plate strategy ahead.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

You know, I think it’s perfect.

Unless you’re having something that is clearly obvious in your buffet, announcing what type of dishes are available is great! Plus, it ads a great elegant feeling to your reception.

 We’re having two types of dishes with our buffet, so it may help those attending what they’d like to check out.  Plus, those that don’t want meat will be aware what’s all in the food!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

At my brother’s wedding they had a buffet and didn’t have any sort of menu or any way of indicating what everything was.  I couldn’t tell what some of the side dishes was, and I know that might be a bit dangerous with allergies.

I am not going to do menus for the buffet at my reception, but I am going to make some snazzy looking signs for each dish.  Even though it’ll be pretty obvious- lasagna, mostacolli, meatballs, salad, bread…  But I still think it’s a nice thing to have out. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I always think its nice to know what is on the buffet – beyond the obvious (oh, salmon!)  You know, a description of the sauce, the preparation…  We are having a buffet but it has an assortment of items – salmon, pork loin, and beef.  I love the chef’s description of the various items.  So I will probably do menu cards, as there is too much yummy sounding description to put on just a sign.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

You know, I asked my fabulous wedding planner this same question the other day and she had a GREAT idea!

She said she likes to use a mirror on an easel and washable mirror marker. With some fancy flourishes and nice handwriting, you can make an inexpensive menu list for your guests that looks really elegant and expensive. AND you keep the mirror for your home after the wedding.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

hehe, my writing on a mirror would not look elegant!

 I’m doing menus at each place setting for a butffet 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i think the menus are a great idea. i’m allergic to onions (they’re in everything!) and i dread buffet lines because i can never tell what they’re in!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

OOH i think NOT wierd at all!  I think it would be nice for me to know what my options are gonna be before i get up in line and have to make a split second decision!  🙂  If you feel wierd doing it at every seat, you could just do 2 stand up menus per table.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Just went to a wedding with a buffet and menus.  I would highly recommend them for many of the reasons listed above!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am planning to do a menu card for my buffet wedding also. My question is: what should I include?

We are having 3 or 4 passed appetizer, an appetizer station which will serve crispy wonton (topped with chicken/mushrooms and sliced korean BBQ beef/mushrooms) and chicken spring roll. For the buffet we will have salad, 2 different main course, herbed roasted potatoes, hawaiian rice, and grilled seasonal vegetables. For dessert we will have cake, coffee, tea, and fruit assortment.

Should I include everything that will be on the buffet table + the cake flavor? Should I also include the appetizers?

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hmm. The servers should be able to describe the passed appetizers to people, right? so you should be off the hook for that. What about putting a little sign on the stations where the appetizers are being served, describing what’s there? Then for the menu card you can just focus on what’s in the buffet itself.

Post # 15
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Newbee

                                  I think it’s great. the last buffet reception i was at there was a lot of stuff I was afraid to eat due to allergies-lots of dips and sauced stuff that wasn’t immediately identifiable. Not saying your buffet will be the same-but it’s better to err. I was lucky-as it turned out, several of the sauced items had shellfish in them, which would have been really bad. (The caterer’s people were not helpful). Go for it! Even if nooone you know has allergies, it’s still thoughtful.

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