Post # 1
So I have already read all the different posts on whether or not its “tacky” to have a pizza reception, but we are a young couple on a ridiculously tight budget and our family and friends wont care what we serve them so Im not looking for advice on whether or not to do a pizza reception. We will be having a gourmet pizza restaurant deliver enough pizza, ceasar salad, chips with guacamole, salsa, and pimento dips, and big bowls of shrimp ceviche to feed around 80 people. (They dont make pasta otherwise I would have added that in)
What I am looking for advice on is:
>Inventive ways to keep the pizza hot on the buffet table? I havent found warming trays that are pizza shaped. One person recommended heating pizza stones but those would be much too expensive.
>Would having the pizza place deliver right on time for us to serve be best since so there wont be much of a time lapse between everyone getting their food?
>Ideas on how to arrange the buffet table to look presentable instead of pizza boxes thrown on a table.
Thank you ladies for any ideas you might have! 🙂
Post # 3
First off, I think your menu sounds delicious! I love pizza, salad, chips and guac and ceviche so I would be stoked as a guest. Especially gourmet pizza.
I would suggest they deliver as close as possible to your meal time as possible. You could have the pizzas on trays with different heights maybe with DIY signs for each type. As far as keeping the pizzas hot, I have no idea 🙁 You could try putting 2 or 3 burners under each tray, but I don’t know how effective that would be. I would do some test runs.. yum!
Post # 4
The only thing I can think of is a heat lamp, but I have no idea if thats something that can be rented or not. It sounds yummy to me though!
Post # 5
Do a google search for “heat lamp rental ___(your city)”
Here is an example of a company that rents heat lamps with and without carving boards.
Rather than spend the money on all the carving boards, you could find something to use that would cover the length of your table. You can get used counter topst at places like Restore (Habitat for Humanity’s used building supply store, or use the wooden cutting board tops from old dishwashers- you can find these at used building supply stores also. Give them a good scrub with a bleach solution, rinse well and they would be perfect.They would line up nicely and be perfect if any of the pizzas needed any more cutting.
Don’t forget to purchase or rent a few pair of tongs as it can get pretty warm under those lamps.
Post # 6
Then one of those warmer cans with the little flame underneath. I forget what they’re called- but you know what I mean.
Post # 7
You can use terracotta tiles from Home Depot/Lowes as a pizza stone … however, I don’t see how, logistically, that would be best. Why don’t you talk to your caterer? They’re the pros, they should have a good way of doing it.
Post # 8
I would get the pizzas delivered as close to serving them as possible. If you have more then one of a type of pizza (ex: 4 cheese, 3: meat etc). I would try to keep the others in the oven (if there is one there). If you preheat it to 350, and the cut it off before putting the pizzas in, they’ll stay nice and toasty.
For serving you could try this. They sell heat lamps at pet store- they’re used for birds and lizards. If you got a few of them, you could hang them over the buffet table and they should do a decent job of keeping everything warm. For layout, I would save a set of shoe boxes. Lay out a line of shoe boxes on the back of the table and then cover the whole thing with a table cloth. Put some pizza/food to the front on the table, and some towards the back on the covered boxes. Levels on a table can really dress up a buffet.
Post # 9
My FI would probably be in heaven with a pizza bar. But I’m not sure how this is going to work for you. How many pizzas is it and are they all coming in their own boxes? You gotta think about how to get them out of their boxes and onto the buffet as well as keeping them warm. Then what to do with all the boxes? How many pieces are you giving out for each person?
Post # 10
I think the key to having a high-end looking buffet is to try for different shapes and heights, like this –
It looks about 100x better than having everything on a table in a row like this –