Tips for Setting & Arranging a Perfect Buffet Table

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If you’re throwing a part, mini gathering or just a small occasion, it’s always a good idea to consider a mini buffet to make things easier for both you and your guests!

However, no matter how convenient buffets are, they are also a few shortcomings. This includes people bunching up, messiness when it comes to self-serving food as well as the infamous long buffet line!

With a few simple tips, you can avoid these common pitfalls when it comes to buffets and ensures your mini buffet catering style gathering or catering is a success!

Here are a few essential tips on how to maintain an efficient yet high-quality buffet table line:

Tip 1 : Plates at the start of the table, cutlery & napkins in the end

As one of the most fundamental, yet important top to set up a buffet line, this allows your guest to have their hands available and free to hold their plates and take their food safely without the risk of spilling and dropping.

Tip 2 : Is your serving container suitable for the food?

For example – will your noodles need to be served in a soup bowl, or will a shallow plate be sufficient? This is key to avoid waste, mess and too many plates to clean after.

You should also consider the positioning of your food items. Dishes earlier in the line will be finished earlier, and the food items later down in the buffet line will last longer.

Tip 3 : Make space for a centrepiece decoration

Buffet tables aren’t just for food – it’s an excellent way to set the theme and feel of your mini gathering! Hence, attractive decorations can make or break your party, and the center of your buffet table is often the best place for this!

Tip 4 : Separate drinks from food

This is why you’ll often see drinks at a separate station from the food table at buffets. Drinks also often make its surrounding items wet as they are often chilled, and will not be great to be in proximity with hot and fresh food

You should also regularly clean your drink stations as they are notorious for spills and mess! Keeping that area clean by consistently wiping it down will make a major difference.

Tip 5 : Provide ample food disposal bins and trash cans

This is where stylish bins come in handy. With a higher number of these, your guests will have no issues disposing of their leftovers such as bones, skin and leftover gravy.

Be sure to use leak-proof bins or bags to contain the mess! These bins should be far away from the food but close enough for guests to spot and utilize.

Looking For The Right Caterer For A Mini Buffet Catering In Singapore?

Choosing the caterer for the perfect mini buffet catering is never an easy task.

The best caterer can balance the quality as well as the presentation of the food while delivering the best bang for your budget!

When you order mini buffet catering from Chilli Manis, you’ll have a variety of dishes and small menu items to choose from as well as the certified expertise of our crew to set up your gathering without you lifting a finger!

As a halal-certified caterer, we seek to present the most authentic mini buffet catering to all in Singapore. Contact us at 6250 1112 or email


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