Tables for a light refreshment reception

posted 1 year ago in Decor
Post # 2
11866 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

moon_river :  hi bee, I took this out of classified decor and put it in board decors for you. 

Post # 3
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Since it is buffet style, I wouldn’t actually set the tables, and let individuals take what they need.  Especially since it is plastic, they might get thrown away instead of being reused.  I would just leave a stack of everything at the beginning of the buffet table.  You can make the tables look less empty by using simple centerpieces.  They wont look empty once people are sitting there, and I think that everyone will understand why the tables are “empty”

Post # 4
4387 posts
Honey bee

Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it.  Most people don’t pay attention to decor.  I also would not set the tables with anything unless you are having table service bringing food to people at their seats or assigned seating.  At most, you could stick a vase with some flowers in the middle.  Scour thrift stores and garage sales for cheap vases.  Go buy a few bouquets from a farmer’s market or a store like Trader Joe’s.  Both usually have really big bouquets for super cheap.  You would be at the mercy of whatever is available that morning or the day before, but I have never been disappointed with the flowers at either.

Post # 5
1875 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

You could set the tables with just the napkins and silverware in the center of each seat. That way people can get their food and come back to the table for the silverware and napkins. Like this: Table_Setting

Post # 8
47175 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

moon_river :  I would have the plates at the buffet, but there are many options for placing the cutlery and napkins at the place setting as the pp suggested.


Post # 9
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We had a buffet and no seating plan.  We decorated the tables with runners and centre pieces and  otherwise left them bare – initially we started laying out napkins and cutlery but it just made everything look more cluttered and formal (we were going for a very relaxed vibe) so we took them away again!  It still looked lovely, and it meant guests were free to choose where to sit and move around (I think I ended sitting at every table at some point during the evening, lol) and the tables weren’t cluttered up with glasses and other bits that people weren’t using.

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