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    Hello Everyone,

    Under what circumstances , will buffet reception be held , to celebrate birthday...?

    Usually what are served on the occasion?

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    Default Re: Buffet reception?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    Under what circumstances , will buffet reception be held , to celebrate birthday...?

    Usually what are served on the occasion?

    Regards

    Sky
    It will be personal choice. There is no governing rule.

    Buffets by their nature will generally carry "finger food" = food that does not require a knife and fork to eat, so the food will tend to be small items that can be picked up. Having said that, you can also have buffets where people collect their food from a serving table and sit at tables to eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It will be personal choice. There is no governing rule.

    Buffets by their nature will generally carry "finger food" = food that does not require a knife and fork to eat, so the food will tend to be small items that can be picked up. Having said that, you can also have buffets where people collect their food from a serving table and sit at tables to eat it.
    Are buffets often held in daily life? and mostly in what situation or what are the buffets are had for ?

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    Default Re: Buffet reception?

    They are used on social occasions where it is either not possible to have a formal sit-down meal or where a degree of informality is acceptable. They are not part of "daily life".

    Do you have a context for your questions?

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    We may use the word a bit differently than you do. There are many "buffet-style" restaurants in the US, in which you pick up a new plate every time you visit the buffet and eat at your own table (with your knife and fork).

    At Thanksgiving, with so many people that we can't sit at one table, we serve the dinner buffet-style, with the serving platters on the counter in the kitchen and people sitting at tables throughout the other rooms.

    Thank goodness meals like that aren't part of daily life or we'd all weight 400 pounds!

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    Sky - if the invitation says that there will be a buffet reception for the birthday party, it means that people will not sit down all at one time for a dinner.

    Instead, people will serve themselves from a table that offers many foods and walk to their own seat where they will eat. Depending on what time the reception is, the menu could be simple finger foods or more elaborate.

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    Default Re: Buffet reception?

    As a general rule, in AmE "buffet" refers to a style of serving food. It means that there will be a wide variety of foods (entrees, side dishes and desserts) available on a main serving table. The guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever they care to eat (usually at a buffet a stack of plates, bowls and silverware is provided) and they can return for more portions if they are still hungry. In most buffet situations, there are tables and chairs available so after a guest helps himself to the food at the buffet table, he'll select a seat somewhere and then enjoy his meal.

    Buffets are typical in many different situations; there are restaurants that specialize in buffet-style meals, and it is also common to have a buffet at a wedding reception, after a funeral, at a baby shower, for a holiday dinner, etc.

    The foods served at a buffet vary, but they usually include a choice of entrees (a meat dish, a pasta dish, etc), a selection of side dishes and a variety of desserts. For example, the most basic buffet at a wedding reception might include a choice of roast beef or chicken as the entree, potatoes, green beans and corn as a side dish, and fresh fruit, pie or pudding for dessert. Breakfast buffets usually include a variety of meats (bacon, ham, sausage), scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, fresh fruit, pancakes, waffles, etc. (And yes, I'm sure that these "all you can eat" buffets with their vast array of food is part of why so many Americans are obese.)

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