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Buffet or Plated Meal…That is The Question!

The decision between offering a buffet or a plated meal for an event depends on several factors, such as the type of event, the number of guests, the budget, and the desired atmosphere. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether a buffet or plated meal is better, as it depends on the specific context and goals of the event. Continue reading for some factors to consider when deciding between a buffet or plated meal.

TYPE OF EVENT

A buffet is a good option if you want to offer a variety to your guests, as they can choose what they want to eat and in what quantity. Buffets are also more flexible in terms of accommodating dietary restrictions or preferences, as guests can select the items that suit their needs. Buffets work well for casual events, such as a birthday party or a family reunion, where guests can help themselves to food and mingle freely.

On the other hand, a plated meal offers a more formal and elegant experience. The food is served to each guest at their table, which can create a sense of luxury and exclusivity. Plated meals can also be easier to manage logistically, as the service staff can control the pace of the meal and ensure everyone is served at the same time. They are more favorable for a wedding or a elevating the experience for a corporate dinner.

DESIRED ATMOSPHERE 

When planning, consider the feeling you want at your event. Buffets create a more casual atmosphere, while plated meals create a more formal atmosphere. Consider the style and theme of your event when deciding which option to choose. If you are still unsure, reach out to us! We are trained professionals and can guide you in the right direction.

CAN’T DECIDE…OFFER BOTH!

You can create an event to remember when you combine the two. Whether you offer a plated meal and sneak in a Late Night Snack buffet, or have a plated meal with Action Stations as enhancements…You really can’t chose wrong!

The decision between a buffet or plated meal will depend on your event and your preference. Consider all the factors and choose the option that best fits your needs and budget. Ready to begin planning your event or still have questions, reach out to us at catering@whitemanorcc.com to make your vision come to life!