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Buffet ideas for a party can be divided into two individual sections, cold
buffet ideas and hot buffet ideas.
For the ultimate party buffet you could decide to combine them both!.

Cold buffet food is a traditional finger buffet, like you would find at a birthday
party, wedding evening reception or a funeral tea. Whether you aim to make
the buffet yourself or hire in the experts, a cold buffet can be tailored to
suit your individual needs and the needs of guests.

Typically a cold buffet includes simple finger foods such as:

Mini buns
Sausage rolls
Chicken nuggets

These items fall under the umbrella of ‘finger food’. In order to add a bit of variety to your party buffet why not add extras such as salads, the could include tossed salads, pasta salads or savoury rice salads.
Technically by adding salads the buffet would then become a fork buffet depending how you look at things.

buffet salad choices

Adding extras helps add depth to a party buffet and helps create a wide range of foods for all, you have to take into consideration all age ranges and dietary requirements of your guests.

To really make an impression with your party buffet you could also add a selection of food platters, be these homemade or again hired.  Platters could include a cheese board, oriental foods or savoury wraps.

Food platters make excellent centre pieces and can be cost effective if you portion each platter based on ten guests the overall effective is always impressive.

Alternatively you could decide to serve a hot buffet. Not as traditional as a cold buffet but still as popular, a hot buffet is very dependent on the type of party you are holding and the guests who have been invited.

hot buffet food choices

Hot buffet ideas include:

Chinese curry with boiled rice
Cottage pie with mixed vegetables
Lasagne with garlic bread
Mexican beef chilli with boiled rice
Sweet and sour chicken with boiled rice

A hot buffet is a great alternative although can become very messy and it can also be difficult to gauge how much of each dish is required. For this reason it is best to seek the help of a professional caterer or choose this option for a small family house party.

Whichever option you choose be sure not to disappoint your guests by including desserts and refreshments. Whether it's birthday cake, profiteroles, cream cakes or scones, everyone is partial to a dessert, especially at a party.

In regards to drinks, this is very dependent on the party venue, if your venue has a bar then refreshments are already taken care of. If it doesn't’t then you may want to supply drinks yourself or look at catering options once again, most experienced caterers will be able to offer drinks options.

'If you are planning a party and require help please give us a call 0191 3863682 or take a look around our website you will find a large range of helpful articles for party planning.

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