(Closed) Setting the table for a buffet dinner

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Generally they do not set the table for a buffet event as it’s more labor intensive for the staff, just for the guests to pick the plates up and carry them BACK to the buffet. Also, it helps prevent accidents with dishware. No one will have a second thought about the buffet dishes being stacked- just make sure they’re neat and symmetrical, or have a staff member hand out dishes from a hidden supply behind the start of the buffet.

Post # 4
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Newbee

We are having a buffett dinner, but we are having our first course (New England Clam Chowder) served to guests while they are seated. We think this will make the procession up to the Lobster bake line easier, as the waiters can send a few tables up at a time. This way they get one seated course, so everyone has to take their seat, and then when they walk up to get their next course, they just take a plate from a stack.

 It makes it feel like a little of both; seated dinner and easy buffett!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think its the norm for buffet receptions to have the plates set at the tables but I would definitely like it set up that way too. It just looks nicer that way. The problem your coordinator probably has though is the fact that buffets are cheaper because they dont need the extra people to set everything up, and now your asking for it both ways.

I dont see a problem with it though. People will come in, find their seats and take their own plate with them to the buffet.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have been wondering the same thing!  I think we’ll have the napkin, silverware and glassware set in each place, and the plates stacked at the buffet.

Here are a few examples of a table setting for buffet dinners:

http://www.embassytahoe.com/assets/pages/wedding/table.jpg

http://www.rolands1796house.com/images/wedding_01.jpg

http://www.allerdicepartyrentall.com/images/wedding-rental-silverware.jpg

Also, if you want a plate on the table, you could always set a charger at each place, as here:

http://www.bearmtninn.com/images/weddings/maine-weddingtable.JPG

Let us know what you decide!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have been wondering the same thing!  I think we’ll have the napkin, silverware and glassware set in each place, and the plates stacked at the buffet.

Here are a few examples of a table setting for buffet dinners:

http://www.embassytahoe.com/assets/pages/wedding/table.jpg

http://www.rolands1796house.com/images/wedding_01.jpg

http://www.allerdicepartyrentall.com/images/wedding-rental-silverware.jpg

Also, if you want a plate on the table, you could always set a charger at each place, as here:

http://www.bearmtninn.com/images/weddings/maine-weddingtable.JPG

Let us know what you decide!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Don’t have your plates on a cart–I can understand your horror about that! I like the suggestion that as a compromise you ask if a staffer can hand out the plates to your guests from behind the buffet spread. 

Also, it wouldn’t be a big deal for them to set the cutlery at the tables right? You could do some nice crafty napkin rings and put out the cutlery and glasses, and then eveyrthing is there but the plates themselves.

We’re doing a buffet, but we’ve asked that our caterer put cutlery, glasses and the baskets of fresh buns and butter on the tables so people don’t have to get up to "load up" for every last little thing.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I asked my caterer about this and she recommended against setting out place settings because she said it would end up costing me extra money (and we’re about to max out our budget). She said people would forget things at the table or grab forks and knives at the buffet anyway, so we’d have to order a lot of extra flatware.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We had a buffet at our wedding (a clam bake) and we had just been to a wedding with a BBQ theme that was also buffet.  At the BBQ wedding, they had everything on the table and it looked amazing and no one forgot to bring their plate up.

At our wedding, I requested to have everything on the table and they said ‘no’.  The compromise was having all the glassware and silverware on the table and setting down chargers.  You can see pics of it here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/11/14/the-details-pro-pics/#more-39359

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The food at my wedding will be buffet, and they are setting the table with the plates on the table. I didn’t even have to ask! Either way is okay. I just like the way the plates look on the table! If they don’t want to do that, maybe you can find some cheap chargers.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Find chargers at $1 a piece (Garden Ridge nether regions)- and you have a place set look that it seems you are missing-

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hosted a wedding anniversary party for my parents recently & we asked the site to set the tables up with flatware, napkins, chargers etc, but not the actual dinner plates. I didn’t want guests to have to carry both their plates from the buffet & also juggle flatware at the same time. I think that’s a recipe for dropped plates & spills.

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