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which way do you prefer

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#1 imamumto3

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

for Christmas lunch we will be having 10 adults and 6 kids and doing the full roast dinner and veg.

which way of service do you prefer

a.  all plates dished up by me and then placed in the table at everyone's spot

b.  all dishes on the table for everyone to help themselves

c.  create a buffet along the kitchen bench so people can serve themselves.

or is there an option I am not thinking of?

#2 ~Supernova~

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

Definitely C.

#3 KylieferalMin0gue

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

Yep c for me too

#4 Kaonashi

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:51 PM

© here too

#5 Jax12

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

Another vote for C...definitely not A.  

B depends on the size of your table as there is something festive about passing dishes around to each other...less practical though

#6 Pearson

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

c or c

I dont think there is any other option, unless you could have a table in another room?


main bits on the kitchen bench, and condiments and breadrolls on the table (if you have them)

#7 her mum

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

If you have a big enough table then B is nice, and also makes it easier when people want seconds etc. If it would make the table crowded though, definitely go C.

We generally have meat and roast potatoes served from a benchtop buffet, then all the other side dishes (veggies, salad, bread etc) on the table.

Do not do A. It will be a nightmare as not everyone will want some of everything and some people will eat more than others etc. Also, by the time you finish dishing all that up there is the potential for food to have gone cold.

It will move a lot faster if everyone can serve themselves and there will be a minimum of fuss.

#8 Escapin

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Def C. I hate being about to SEE yummy food further down the table but not be able to get it on my plate, immediately, right now!

#9 erindiv

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

Usually do C at all our Christmas get togethers. For my small Christmas Eve one this year I'll be doing B.

I don't like other people dishing up my food much. They always give me tons of the bits I don't like and hardly any of the yummy stuff, like potatoes. And never enough gravy. I love me some gravy..

#10 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

I think C too  original.gif

#11 Mootmoot

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

I like B - I love having piles of food on the table and everyone sitting down together and passing things around.  But we actually always do C as it's so much more practical at large gatherings.  Either makes it much easier on you and sorts out all the issues of people who don't eat x - although it doesn't help my Christmas overeating when I just have to have a bit of absolutely everything...

#12 MintyBiscuit

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I like B personally, although this year I don't think I'll have space for it. C works well too

#13 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

Option C.

#14 wilding

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

B or C for me. A would never fly in this household Tounge1.gif

#15 Propaganda

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:08 PM


You don't want your guests to feel like they have to eat everything (as they would if you dished up the plates) or that they have to ask if they can have more if you don't plate them up enough.

You also don't want everyone cramped and spending their entire meal passing plates of food to each other.

The bench sounds like a better option.

#16 Funnington

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

I vote c) also.  I love the family style sharing concept.  Dishing it up kind of implies - eat what you are given (including the quantity).  

My children love cruising along the kitchen bench adding their preferred bits and pieces even if I serve even a simple Sunday roast like that.  Kind of empowers them.

#17 Tealdash

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

B or C.....

#18 Holidayromp

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

B or C.  It really depends on room.  I wouldn't be able to do the buffet service in there as it is far too small so I put everything out on dishes and people serve themselves.
As a pp said it is quite nice and festive having dishes on the table and people helping themselves it saves people getting up and down.

#19 Holidayromp

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (Joey11 @ 19/12/2012, 07:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like B - I love having piles of food on the table and everyone sitting down together and passing things around.  But we actually always do C as it's so much more practical at large gatherings.  Either makes it much easier on you and sorts out all the issues of people who don't eat x - although it doesn't help my Christmas overeating when I just have to have a bit of absolutely everything...

Well that is the point of Christmas.... biggrin.gif

#20 jkate_

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

We always do C but usually have a cheapy fold up table for this purpose rather than the bench.  Space is very limited in the kitchen we do xmas dinner in I'm afraid sad.gif

#21 Oma Desala

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

We're doing modified C this year. Our bench isn't big enough so we are putting up a tressle table as our buffet.

#22 Therese

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:51 AM


#23 Lagom

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:20 AM

Definitely C.  biggrin.gif

#24 cuddlebud

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

Another vote for C - it's much easier to hide what a piggy I am, instead of asking someone to pass the ham AGAIN rolleyes.gif

#25 PrincessPeach

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:44 AM

Our family does option C.

Everyone has different foods they like & different appetitie levels - i know if we did A, the boys would never have been given enough, they always head back for seconds - then burn it off with an after lunch cricket match - or in the pool (sepending upon where we are) & go back for the same amount at dinner.

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