- Table coverings should be clean and crisp.
- Lay out the table on paper, before you get to the event. This will make it easier for the staff to set up the table.
- A few rolls of broad ribbon complimented to the table cover is an easy accessory to wrap and weave through the plates, dishes and vases on the table.
- Bring a few buckets or bowls to add height too the table. It can be easily placed under the table clothes and will add an attractive visual element to the table. Use candles if the event is held after sunset.
- On a double table, guests can approach from either side make sure the layout is duplicated, exactly on both sides.
- Wrap the silverware with a napkin or a sleeve and stacked before the plates. Don't keep the silverware at the end of the buffet table as some guests may choose to not go through the entire line.
- Do a head count and make sure you have enough food.
- Remember to never show an empty bowl, serving dish or plate. Before the food bowl emptied, replace the item with a full bowl or dish. Nobody wants to be served from the very bottom of a dish.
- Make sure you tell people they can come back for seconds. It is a warm and hospitable gesture and some of the people will ever go through the buffet line again.
You can use any or all of the tips you find in this article without overwhelming your table.