For anyone who’s never planned an event before, it might come as a surprise to discover just how many types of catering there are. There’s tableside catering, which what we think of as traditional catering. Then there’s buffet style, where everyone picks what goes on their plate. There are signature stations where guests can choose from unique custom spreads and DIY delights. And then there’s family-style.
Family-style is not your average catering approach, but it’s become increasingly popular in modern-day weddings and even corporate events. Essentially, family-style means that the platters of food are passed around and shared at tables and everyone helps themselves along the way. This is an approach that makes catering faster and brings your tables together as they share food. And it might be the perfect type of catering for your big family wedding.
Unlike tableside serving, which is very formal, family-style catering creates a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Instead of waiting to be served or waiting in line at the buffet, everyone can get started, passing, and dishing up their favorites of the dishes you have chosen for the menu. Weddings between big families and the meeting of two families together can create an overly stressed and formal situation. But no one can stay too stiff when they’re passing platters of roast beef, pasta, and roasted vegetables around and helping each other serve from the platters.
Another great benefit of family-style catering is that there is always enough food for everyone. Plated meals give the same serving to everyone, and there’s only as much as was plated. Family-style lets each person choose their own portion, which usually balances out to everyone getting more than enough of their favorite entrees, sides, and desserts between them.
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