The Options

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The most traditional dining option. Allows guests to have sophisticated, multi-course meals, but may cut into dancing.


Gives a great, personal atmosphere and avoids long buffet lines. However, portion size can be tricky – there may not be much food left for the last person served.


Great way to allow guests to pick and choose. Be careful, though, it is not necessarily less expensive than a sit down meal because guests will help themselves to multiple servings.

Food Station:

Fun way to personalize the selection and offer guests a variety. If you choose to go with a theme, make sure you provide a “safe” option that will suit anyone’s palette.

Hors D’oeuvres:

Can be elegant and trendy. Make sure not to schedule your hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception around the dinner hour or guests will be hungry and disappointed.

Informal Cookout:

Perfect for a casual backyard affair. Make sure you have the adequate facilities to pull it off and find a way to prevent pesky critters from enjoying the food as well.