The Options

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Plated:

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

Family-Style:

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.

Buffet:

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.