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Buffet Table Greed Stopped!

Updated on June 17, 2012

Making The Wedding Buffet Table Fun

There's always the same pattern at the table buffet, out of control kids and very greedy people go first. Well mannered and polite people allow others to go in front and then there are just scraps left!

The other scenario is being held up in an enormous line awaiting those at the food table to decide whether they want Italian or Ranch dressing on their salad, or the buffet plate builders seeing how much more they can pile up in their plates before spilling it. Then they don't eat it all!

How to stop the buffet table race

Imagine if you could have one of those automated cuing systems, "window No.3 please", like they have in big post offices and banks.

Is there a different method of getting people to their food at a much faster rate?

Actually there are several fun options that will help feed your wedding guests quickly and with a minimum of moans and groans of hunger.

Table number two please!

If the number system works in banks, why can't it work at wedding reception buffets? Imagine if each table is assigned a number and the best man, MC or DJ calls out random numbers at various intervals. He can just pick them out of a hat like a lottery or bingo game.

The people at that particular numbered table then go the buffet and collect their food.

If it is a big wedding buffet then why not have 4 or 6 smaller buffets, so it would be "Table number 3 to buffet number 2 please".

You could number chairs instead of table and say "chairs 1 to 10 to buffet 4 please, this way the MC controls the number of people at the buffet, so as people move away with their food he replenishes the numbers.

Make it colourful

If the numbering system sounds too formal there are other options. Each table could be nominated a colour and the MC simply calls out the colour.

Perhaps you could coordinate the tablecloths with the colours nominated for the table.

So you might have white, pink, lavender, beige, and primrose tablecloths, and your guests sitting at that particular table simply move to the buffet table when their colour of their tablecloth is called out.

Another idea would be to divide the tables into colors, say pink, blue, primrose, white table cloths and four buffet tables with those colors. It can't be easier, pink goes to pink etc!

How about some trivia

Another option for moving people quickly and easily to the wedding buffet table involves having some fun with your guests.

You provide each table with a bike horn (they're cheap), or a bell, or anything that makes a noise.

The MC asks a question perhaps about the bride and groom. The first tables buzz in with their answer goes first to the buffet. You repeat the process until everyone is finally on their way to getting some food.

The lottery method

How about writing a number on each person’s place card?. If you have 100 guests, for example, you might choose to have 10 people at the buffet table at a time. So each person would be assigned a number 1 through 10. That’s ten lots of each number.

The MC will call a random number from 1 to 10, and those ten people will head for the wedding buffet table.

This staggered way feeding all your wedding guests is very quick; yes it can be fun or indeed a nuisance, depending on your guests. It does however solve the problem of half the room being finished with their meal and then waiting for others to finish theirs before the dancing etc start, but it can also mean that one or two guests might be long finished and going back for seconds, whilst others even eaten yet. Having said that, it happens anyway at all buffets.

Kids only wedding buffet table

The two ways of doing this is two have a server, that way they can't fill their plates with cake only and the portions are controlled.

A kids only buffet allows the adults to have their selection without the smaller ones weaving and dodging between their legs!


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    • Carashops profile image


      6 years ago

      Great idea. A pet hate of mine is when people take a lot of food at the buffet, and then leave it.

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      6 years ago

      Funny lens, that is the kind of stuff I enjoy reading about.

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      Expat Mamasita 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      An excellent idea!!!,

    • UKGhostwriter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Pat them down in a very firm manner - the object is to squish all hidden food!

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      6 years ago

      So! What do you do with the pocket stuffers? lol :)

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      6 years ago

      These are all wonderful ideas.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Useful ways to control that wedding buffet table chaos!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, funny too.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great ideas for making the buffet a better place!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      6 years ago

      The title pulled into your lens. My family is written all through this len. Very good

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      6 years ago from North Wales, UK

      I can SO identify with what you're saying here! I could write a list of at least a dozen people in our family who would be first up to the buffet each time. And those mucky kids poking the food and blowing spit all over the birthday cake, Yuk! I will definitely recommend using the numbered table call up system at my Grandson's Christening this year ... and sit back to watch the expressions on the faces of the "first up" gang when their table isn't called up first! Mwahaha! :)

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas. I think they could work.

    • Millionairemomma profile image


      6 years ago

      I can't believe this lens doesn't have a purple star! So darn funny!!!!! Unfortunately I am one of those greedy ones!

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      What a great topic! Ways to slow the herd at the buffet table :)

    • UKGhostwriter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you Janis!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      So many great ideas. Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh no, I may be one of the greedy ones. I try to be mindful of all the other people wanting food too, but am overcome by wanting to sample everything.

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      6 years ago

      Very good read - and greed is definitely a rampant problem at the buffet table! Thanks for sharing!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      hahaha It sounds like you've been to the same weddings as me. lol

    • LynetteBell profile image


      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      It is said that you eat as much as 30% more when faced with a buffet. People want to try a bit of everything and end up overloading,

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      6 years ago

      A great idea for a lens! I too have been guilty about rushing to the wedding buffet table.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      A good use for the best man.

    • TTMall profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens, glad I browsed upon it tonight. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      7 years ago

      Cool ideas for a much more pleasant buffet at weddings as well as any buffet experience.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas here - having a wedding buffet is always a tough and long trial.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      LOL! I am not sure if it is my mood or if you intended to make me laugh, but regardless, I laughed! I absolutely hate buffets! The worst is when people sneeze over the entire table or spit when they are talking. Gag!!! Oh, or don't you just love it when someone picks something up, examines it and then puts it back on the plate!!! Ugh!!! The only way to avoid problems with buffets, is to not eat the food, which is pretty much what I do at weddings :)

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      some good ideas you have here.

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Very cute! Can relate to all those types, and the lottery would be a great idea to test. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      The lottery system sounds like an interesting option. Pity those who draw the last lot again. Innovative lens.

    • jolou profile image


      7 years ago

      I know what you mean about the polite people at buffets ending up with the scraps! I do love buffets and being able to chose what you want to eat. My church frequently has these, and we use numbering as that seems to work the best for us.


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