A thoughtful birthday buffet may be talked about for years to come. Consider the tastes of the birthday person and allow the buffet to take shape around that idea or theme. Whether you create an ethnic buffet, a brunch buffet or a roast turkey with all the trimmings, a buffet can be just the thing for a birthday party.
A salad buffet is ideal for a luncheon birthday buffet or a hot summer evening party. Begin with a selection of greens and lettuces and fill the buffet table with meats, cheeses, vegetables and other toppings. Allow guests to build their own salad from the spread on the table. Include toppings, such as raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, olives, cottage cheese, boiled eggs. Strips of chicken, a bowl of tuna and portions of salmon are ideal choices for meat. Include a selection of fresh buns or artisanal breads to finish the buffet.
If the birthday celebrant has a penchant for a certain food, make it happen for their birthday buffet. Ideas include Indian, Greek, Thai, Mexican and Chinese. To make the most of your time, make some of the dishes and buy the rest unless you have guests offering to bring a dish. For instance, an Italian buffet might include a selection of meats, cheeses, olives and breads for antipasto or appetizers. Include a spring mix of greens with a balsamic vinaigrette and a baked pasta for the main dish.
For a birthday buffet in colder months, roast a turkey, ham or beef roast. Include a potato dish, a green vegetable and an orange vegetable to round out the meal. Instead of mashed potatoes, make a dish of scalloped potatoes or try baking mashed potatoes with a layer of cheddar cheese. Green beans or Brussels sprouts are an ideal choice for the green veggie and sweet potatoes in brown sugar or maple syrup are a natural choice for an orange veggie. For a vegetarian option make a quiche or a vegetable strudel but make enough for everyone as these tend to go quickly.
For the breakfast-lover, a brunch buffet is ideal and can be served any time of day. Mini quiche with roasted potatoes, bacon, French toast and freshly baked muffins offer many options to guests. Another idea is to serve yoghurt with granola and other toppings with platters of fresh fruit so guests can make their own yoghurt parfaits. Scones and cinnamon buns are other options for pastries to add to the buffet. If it's in the budget, you may hire someone to prepare omelettes to order or crepes.