We are doing a bbq buffet and the restaurant is providing the plastic plates and silverware. It’s high end beautiful rose gold detailed plates and rose gold plastic silverware and it’s realllyyyy pretty and I thought it would be nice to have the tables already set with the plates and silverware. And it makes for a beautiful picture of the tables being set but would it be weird to ask people to bring their plate with them to the buffet when it’s time to get dinner? Or should we just have everything at the buffet line for people to get when they go up?
Well you could always set a table early in the day and have pictures taken then put them back at the buffet table. The silverware would be ok at the tables but I have a feeling there would be some confusion about taking your plate with you because most people are used to the plates being at the beginning of the buffet line.
You could have chargers on the place settings. But food safety regulations as enforced by the health department and caterers have to follow say that you have to have a clean plate each time through the line and it makes more sense to have them stacked at the beginning of the buffet line. Plus your guests will be confused by having to carry their plate twice.
Pre-pandemic, I went to a wedding with a buffet that did this and there was some confusion - about half of the people had to go back to their tables to grab the plates! That said, it didn’t delay dinner too much and there was very minimal grumbling from guests, so overall it was ok. Personally, I’ve never liked it when my dinnerware is sitting in the open while everyone is moving around and shuffling seats, and I suspect that has become a much more common sentiment with the pandemic.
We are in a same spot. We are having the tables set with the napkin silverware and drink glasses and having the plates at the buffet so they get it when they get up there. Especially with covid I would not put the plates out in the table ahead of time.
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I think that’s what we will do too. I didn’t think about people being confused! I liked Nichole’s idea of setting one table for pics and then putting those plates back at the buffet