Organizing a buffet for a party or special occasion is a nice idea to make the event or occasion more informal and to give the guests freedom as well.

The advantages of eating the meal standing up are certainly many: the event is easier to organize and it also allows you to indulge in the set-up, which can be a bit easier.

However, there are some etiquette rules to observe, especially if you want to follow etiquette.


Here's what you need to do to make a buffet while respecting etiquette

  • First, seating should be provided for all guests. It is true that this is a buffet, but it is still important to allow those attending to be able to sit down.
  • The table should be set in advance by putting everything you may need, trying to avoid plastic cutlery, plates and glasses as much as possible.
  • As far as plates and courses are concerned, it is good to divide the savory and sweet dishes. Appetizers are placed to the side, first courses in the middle, followed by second courses and side dishes, and finally desserts and fruit.
  • As for the set-up, the tablecloth should be large and long to the floor, and in the case of several tables of different shapes, it is essential that the tablecloths and napkins are all of the same line, as are the plates and glasses.


How should guests behave?

Guests are well advised not to take portions of food with their own cutlery, but only with serving cutlery. Also, to avoid unnecessary waste, it is good that they do not accumulate too much food on the plate, better to choose to serve themselves smaller portions more frequently.

Before starting to eat they should wait until all the other guests have their drinks and the host makes the first toast.

Little tricks to experience an unforgettable lunch or dinner and above all always following good manners.