It needn’t be difficult to get your upcoming African themed buffet memorable. It could be a lot easier than you might have thought. With over 700 different cultures, there is plenty of of possibilities and ideas for a memorable African buffet be it for small or large gatherings of friends and family. There is equally plenty of twists you could employ to give your buffet a fitting African them, from dressing, and decorations to music and food.
As a guide, we give the following tips as central to any successful buffet
On the day of the buffet, things tend to move really fast so if you will organise the buffet for yourself, we always advise to make sure you have it prepared by the night before for you to have plenty of time for yourself and loved ones on the day. Some things like decor and music have to be organised well in time. Make sure you have enough storage space for the amount of food enough for your guests.
Help from family and friends
It’s a gathering for friends and family so why not get them to lend a hand. With the African theme however, be sure to stick to a chosen theme as you could be easily overwhelmed by ideas from the many diverse cultures that span this large continent. Getting friends and family involved adds to the buzz of the day. And if you have plenty, you could even organise the buffet on the morning of the day of the christening as you will have enough helping hands.
Plan your menu
For simplicity, cold finger buffets would be a great choice but from experience, choice normally settles for a hot buffet for African buffets. The choice here is only limited by imagination. From plantains, yams, and rice based dishes, to potatoes, sweet potatoes, fish and meats, the choice is seemingly endless. You could compliment the buffet with a snack selection be it a traditional or Indian selections to add simplicity to your buffet. These are readily available and simple to prepare including; mini sausage rolls, mini-sausages, mini pork pies, onion barjees, samosas, spring rolls and are all available from supermarkets such as Tesco, Marks and Spencers or Iceland. Remember to compliment them with dips crudites. Nibbles such as crisps, bite-size fruit, nuts, pringles are all easy choices. Consider vegetarian and meat choices, half and half usually a good starting point. Add salads to your offering with an African twist.
If you will use a caterer, consider your choices again carefully and fix your budget as the choice of caterers will be limited. At QuickBuffet, we can help fix your budget by letting you post a catering lead to hundreds of potential caterers to bid on your catering lead so you get the best offer for your budget. Cost will be determined by how extensive or controlled you want to be with your buffet. Hot buffets will be a good choice for most African Parties, while BBQs are great for summer.
Often over looked, drinks not only spice up an African Buffet with their bustling colours and favours, they add to the whole buffet atmosphere. Consider cocktails even non-alcoholic cocktails as some guests will be driving back. If you are considering juice why not think of soft drinks, why not an interesting one, like elderflower, ginger beer and mint rather than plain juice or fizzy drinks adds impact. Remember to keep then chilled or have ice cubes on the side.
At quickbuffet.co.uk we would like to be your trusted partner when organising an African themed buffet. Our caterers come with the experience of catering for all occasions be it small or large. They fully appreciate that a wide range of ethnic groups usually attend such an event so will help accordingly. Therefore they will work with you all the way to create the ideal hot or fork African buffet which caters for all of your guests. Some of our caterers even have the option of African entertainment, décor and African dressing attires so do not hesitate to ask when contacting them.
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