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Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Food & Drink | 0 comments

Buffet Dinner Party Ideas

Buffet-style dinner parties are best suited for events or parties in which there will be a larger number of guests. Though buffets can often be associated with more casual gatherings, they actually have the capacity to be dressed up too, depending on what the occasion requires. Cuisine themes can be great in unifying your buffet, for example, choosing a specific region’s or type of cuisine.

Casual Menus

For familiar get-togethers and casual occasions, finger, barbeque, and luxury foods can be the most easy-to-serve, easy-to-eat, and

Buffet Dinner Party Ideas

Buffet Dinner Party Ideas

most affordable to make. Container dishes like lasagna, casseroles, mac ‘n’ cheese, and baked ziti are perfect, and should please even the pickiest eaters, as smaller children often are. If you opt to theme your buffet based on a particular region of the world, the very best dishes for a buffet-style party are those that are traditionally shared or the ones that are a bit more “DIY.” For instance, having burrito stations that allow individuals to cater to their own specific tastes in building their very own burrito.

Finger foods are great for buffets because they’re so versatile. Obviously, they’re ideal as appetizer fare, though it’s a fun yet practical idea to evolve main course-type dishes into the type of finger foods. For example, instead of serving tomato/mozzarella/basil paninis or perhaps a Caprese salad, which can require silverware and sitting, tomato/mozzarella/basil skewers have of your basic components, but don’t require much focus to consume. If mac ‘n’cheese will please your younger guests, skewers will definitely please their parents.

Set Up

Buffet Dinner Party

Buffet Dinner Party

Put your main buffet table in the middle of your party room so that your guests will have access to each side. This table will include your salads, appetizers and main dishes. Position your beverage table a long way away from the main buffet table to ensure that guests with plates of food don’t bump into guests with beverages repeatedly. Creatively put your desserts on a small table, counter or shelf therefore the arrangement can double as a celebration decoration.

Place your main buffet table foods in categories of plates, main dishes, sides and vegetables, salads, appetizers and finger foods. Position napkins and rolled silverware after the food display so that your guests may have their hands free to serve themselves.

Keep hot foods warm in chafing dishes and cold foods over dishes full of ice. Add height to create your dishes easily accessible and also to decorate your buffet table. Cover sturdy objects with tablecloths or fabric samples and put your most attractive dishes above them.

Overfill your serving dishes so that your guests will not feel obligated to consider less than what will fill them up. Refill your serving dishes frequently, if at all possible.


Wash your hands before, during after your food preparation. Keep all your utensils, pots, pans and dishes clean.

Keep cold food within the refrigerator and hot food within the oven until serving time. Replace empty food platters with neat and filled food platters to avoid spreading hand germs.

Remove and discard food that’s been sitting on an outside buffet table for over 1 hour as well as an inside buffet table for over 2 hours.

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