Sit Down Dinner Party vs Buffet Dinner Party: Which Is Better?

When organizing a party there are so many things to take into consideration. It’s not only about choosing a theme or who to invite, but also what kind of atmosphere we want to create with the party and with food that we serve. We want to show you when, why and what you should choose for certain occasions. That’s why we have prepared a list of pluses and minuses of a sit down dinner party vs buffet dinner party.

Sit Down Dinner Party vs Buffet Dinner Party: Which Is Better?

Sit Down Dinner Party vs Buffet Dinner Party: Which Is Better?

When to book a sit-down dinner?

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The biggest chunk of your decision when choosing a specific style of dinner party should be connected with the occasion. There are some occasions when both styles of dining would fit. For example, a wedding would be one. An outdoors wedding would fit great with a buffet menu and a formal venue may be nicer with a seated arrangement. The general rule of choosing a seated dinner would be to do it for more formal parties.  

Like hosting a dinner for business partners, or for an older crowd, like grandmas 80th birthday. Sit down dinner parties are more elegant and more formal that’s why when you want to impress someone or your guests are traditionalists this is a better choice.

This will also be a great solution if you are inviting only a limited amount of close friends and family over.

Advantages:

  • Perfect for a smaller assembly of the family.
  • Your guests will feel more taken care of and welcomed.
  • You can showcase your beautiful tableware.
  • You can talk to everyone around the table – the conversations at the dinner will be probably more inclusive.

Disadvantages:

  • If you only have small space to set the table, your guests may not have much freedom of movement after eating.
  • You will need a lot of chinaware and matching glasses, cutlery etc.
  • It will take you a long time to set up and clean up unless you are hiring one of our Private Chefs to do all the hard work for you.

When to book a buffet dinner?

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Buffet dinners are more relaxed and are much better suited when your guest list is very long. If you have a lot of people coming they would not be able to talk to each other if they were seated. When having a buffet style dinner, everyone can mingle and get to chat to everyone. At the same time, this is a great solution if you want everyone to feel relaxed and nibble on the food more than having a set 3-course menu in front of them. That is why it’s an amazing idea to hire one of our Private Chefs for a catering service, who knows what best to serve and how to do it beautifully. 

Advantages:

  • Not seating means mingling more and a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • You do not need fancy tableware – paper plates or serviettes will do the job!
  • The buffet menu can be just as gourmet as a seated dinner menu and it will look even better in bite-sized servings.

Disadvantages:

  • You have to keep worrying whether there is still food on the table and keep refilling the bowls and cleaning up the abandoned empty plates and cups.
  • You will not be able to make sure that everyone is having fun because it will be much more difficult to talk to everyone and keep the food area organized.

We hope our sit down dinner party vs buffet dinner party advantages and disadvantages have helped you choose.  So whether you are choosing a formal or informal style of your next dinner party now you know what to look out for and what to embrace. 

If you are looking for more inspiration on how to choose the right party menu the check out How To Pick The Best Dinner Party Menu That You And Your Guests Will Love or have a look what our amazing Private Chefs have been cooking!