(Closed) Need ideas and advice on how to construct a pizza buffet for my reception!

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
46643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

Buffet Ware

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 # 7
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance 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
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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 – 

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