1. sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc.
2. a meal laid out on a table or sideboard so that guests may serve themselves.
3. a counter, bar, for lunch or refreshments.
1. consisting of food, refreshments, etc., laid out on tables or buffets from which guests or customers serve themselves: a buffet supper; buffet service.
Buffets are meal presentations where one menu is served during a reception and guests get up from their tables and may serve themselves. There are lots of pros and cons to this type of meal choice. When compared to a plated meal, where guests must pre-select their dinner choice, and are limited to one protein (chicken, fish, beef, pork), the buffet option allows guests to choose a variety, as well as various accompaniments and sides. As a con, your guests will have to leave their tables and may have to wait in line at a buffet.
If you like the idea of you and your guests having a variety of dinner options, but hate the thought of holding a plate, serving , and walking with it in your gown, many caterers and staff are happy to serve you and your spouse (and head table, or others at your head table) a plated meal.
In upcoming posts, we’ll be shedding some light on other meal options!