Post # 1
I’m trying to weigh the difference between buffet, resteraunt dinner, catered dinner, and self-catering. We’re having about 25 people so it’s not gonna be long lines at the buffet, and it’d also be doable for self-catering if I pick the right dishes.
So for those who had buffet receptions, what was your cost? how many guests? did you have leftovers/come up short? what sort of food/source?
Post # 3
We’re paying $19 a person for a buffet style dinner and we’re having 120-130 people. I think we got a really amazing deal though. I shopped around for quite awhile before I found such an inexpensive caterer.
Post # 4
We are having a bbq buffet with pulled pork, bbq chicken and steamed oysters. It includes all the sides, salad, tea, lemonade, plates, cups, etc. We are paying $11 a person. 🙂 It’s really going to depend on where you are though. Some areas are a lot more than others.
Post # 5
We paid $13 per person and had 76 guests. We had bbq chicken, tri-tip, pasta bar, potato bar with mushroom gravy, salad, rolls, and wontons with sweet chili sauce. Our caterer was AMAZING and everyone raved about the food! 🙂 As for left overs, yes we did have some. Well ok a lot but that’s because my family can’t seem to make up their minds to tell me if they are coming or not and I’m a push over and let them get away with it since it was a buffet. I ordered for 75 and could have ordered for 65 since I knew that my caterer was going to make a ton extra anyway.
Post # 6
150 people/$12 a plate
Buffet included;Salad, Bread, Pasta, Green Beans almadine, Lemon Chicken, and Roast Beef
Coffee, Tea, Water were included.
We had lots of leftovers, but my in-laws took it upon themselves to finish most of them while Darling Husband and I were on our honeymoon…..even though my family paid for it.
Post # 7
Damn I thought I got a good deal ahah!
$25 a head. We’re having salad, rolls, pasta salad, green beans, mashed potatos, roast beef, and grilled chicken. Coffee water & tea included.
Post # 8
We are self catering for 125 to 200 people for about $4 a head including soda, lemonade, tea and beer. Ad matching and bulk shopping are amazing. We are having red sauce with beef/sausage pasta bake. An Alfredo and chicken pasta bake. A small veggie and pasta bake, basic salad, fruit and breadsticks.
Post # 9
Man, I wish I could have found prices like these! Ours was about $45/pp for the food (160 ppl). It was an Italian buffet with salad, breadsticks, chicken piccata, penne pasta with spicy marinara (vegetarian option), pasta salad with pesto sauce, and grilled vegetables. We also had an appetizer during cocktail hour of “gourmet” mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato bisque. Water, tea, and coffee was included. We added a beer/wine/champange bar package for $25/pp.
Post # 10
Ours will be about $6.25 per person, 200ish guests. This includes 2 meats, mashed potatoes, raviolis, rigatonis, vegetable, salad, fruit, rolls. This is in northern WI where apprently prices are ridiculously cheap!
Post # 11
These prices make me sad. Our buffet was about $150pp when all was said and done. It was a little more expensive than the plated option, but we definitely did not run out of food.
Post # 12
Were paying 40$ per person for a surf and turf buffet and hosting 65ppl. Our food has a strong local and organic backround.
Post # 13
Brunch buffet, including full open bar and cake = $250/person
Post # 14
$15 pp for the food. It was going to be $13, but I wanted to add a pasta side for the vegetarians and upgraded the chicken.
Post # 15
Our dinner buffet is 16.95/person and then the cocktail hour (actually a nacho bar) is 3.95/person. Our dinner is bbq and includes brisket, turkey, and sausage and then mac n cheese, jalapeno corn bread casserole, baked potato casserole, a green salad with strawberries, lemonade, and iced tea.