Setting up your buffet
There’s no event too big or too small for a buffet. However, not every buffet is created equal. Without careful planning, the consequences could be messy. A messy buffet table will make your event memorable for all the wrong reasons. So, the next time you host an event with a buffet, make sure you’ve considered these three little things that can take your buffet from good to great.
Location, location, location
When you host an event, location is everything. Similarly, where you place your buffet is going to have an equal impact on your event. When setting up a buffet, people sometimes forget to account for the movement of the guests. The buffet table may fit perfectly up against a wall, but there’s not enough space around the buffet table for the guests to get their food, or it’s so cramped that you end up with a lot more spills than necessary because everyone is trying to maneuver around the crowd. Twister is a fun party game, but it should not involve the buffet table. If everyone is contorting their bodies trying to maneuver around the crowded buffet table, you’re going to end up with long lines to the buffet, and food everywhere.
A buffet needs a beginning and an end
You need to keep the crowd moving. Otherwise, you’ll create a traffic jam around the buffet table. People tend to hover near the food, so you have to consider ways to keep the traffic moving. A simple way of creating a starting point and a finish point for the buffet is to have the plates at one end and the cutlery on the other end. That way, people will know which end to start and which end to finish. If you think you’ll speed up the buffet line by having people come from both ends, the final result will be everyone bunched up in the middle, reaching over each other and creating a mess.
Keep drinks separate
Another great way to get people to move away from the buffet line and give room for more guests is to keep the drinks separate. You might actually benefit from having the drinks on the other side of the room so that you are forcing people to leave the buffet space. By the same token, you can also break up the whole buffet into stations to keep the buffet line moving.
Renting equipment for your party buffet
The final piece of the buffet puzzle is to rent enough tables, serving equipment, linens, plates, cutlery, and glasses to keep the buffet moving. We’ve got a large selection of rental gear to suit any buffet. Work with one of our party specialists to make sure you get everything you need to set up the buffet table and serve your guests.