Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Cup of Glee - Weekly Newsletter Buffet and Family Style

Welcome to the Blog for Fancy That!
We proudly call our blog “A Cup of Glee.”
Sorry we have been so tardy in our weekly posts! Computer glitches and other fun things we won't bore you with.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy!

The Flying Saucer
(What’s new at Fancy That!)
To Buffet or not to Buffet…that is the question. Fancy That! is always answering the big question: should the service be plated or buffet? Should we include stations like “fruit stations” and candy stations or should we have everything in it’s place including favors at each table?

The short answer is: mix it up and have fun! You may not be a buffet person. But it might be nice to have a candy bar for your guests. You may BE a buffet person, but have assigned seating in your dining room or rented hall. Remember that, today, everything and anything goes. Simply HAVE FUN!

Table Talk
(Manners and TableTop Tips)
Buffet manners are always those little things that you hope your guests know, but realize that they simply do not. This link: is a great read (be sure to scroll down and read the section on the Buffet Manners!). My hubby has an Edwardian side. Adding to my Victoriana, and we find that eating a scone is as fun as discussing the “proper” way to actually EAT that scone. Enjoy the manners from the Annual-Victorio-Edwardian Valentine Tea web site.

The Butler
(Host and Hostess tips and Helpful Hints for planning your event)
You have already decided that you are doing a “family style” dinner party (or wedding for that matter! More and more caterers are doing family style service where each table gets their “serving” of food and they pass the serving bowls around). You will carve the bird at the table, and will have bread and butter passed like the scenes from a movie shot in Tuscany. But you wonder: how do I mix it up a little and provide some fun for my guests?

Here’s a suggestion: Allow your guests to set the table. As your guests enter the dining room, they see the plats stacked neatly on a corner of the table, the napkins are to the right corner, the wine glasses and water glasses are grouped mid table to the right, and the bread plates are grouped to the far right hand corner of the table. Your centerpiece is surrounded by a “table setting buffet”.

You tell your guests to take their place setting and have a seat! While they are “shopping” on the table for their utensils and plates, conversation ensues making the seating portion of your dinner party a nice, serene “mixer” which sparks conversation. Trust me! The next dinner party you go to after this, you will see the “table setting buffet” again and again. It’s fun. And that is what today is all about. Enjoy!

Wedding Bells
(Tips for planning your Wedding)
Casual, elegant, relaxed, fun! “Family Style” at your reception is a great alternative to the drab plated meal, or the overused buffet of dried pasta and meats. Now I know there are great buffets out there with excellent carving stations, fast made sweets, and so on, mixing up the old is always a great way to have a memorable event.

Your guests are seated and out comes the bread, the serving bowls of pasta, of rice, of the main course, and veggies. Each table feels like they are eating “at home.” Your guests are mingling, talking to one another, and enjoying their meal.

Ask your caterer if they can accommodate Family Style Service. Once you enjoy Family Service at a wedding reception, you will wonder how any bride does any other style of serving the food!

Suggestions tolerated, compliments always welcomed. Tell your friends, and visit often.

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