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Finding a buffet catering service for your next event is easy on Airtasker. There’s no need for you to browse the web and go through a list of recommendations from friends and family. Here, Taskers will take the lead and make you offers for your next event.

Taskers who offer buffet catering services give your choices for the menu based on your preferences. Is the event going to be a wedding, afternoon tea, or corporate lunch? Your buffet menu can be a simple drop off or an elaborate event, with servers aiding guests at each station.

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Top Buffet Catering related questions

In buffet-style catering, a wide variety of dishes is laid out on tables for guests to serve themselves. The service may vary from self-service to having servers aid the guests in serving food. On the other hand, drop-off catering is when a caterer drops-off food in disposable containers. This is usually reserved for more casual events. 

No, you don’t. Caterers are usually equipped with all the things they need including plates, utensils, chafing dishes, food pan carriers, ice beverage bins, etc. They are also in charge of setting up and packing away their equipment before and after the event. 

This depends on the package you avail of from your Tasker. Some buffet caterers do simple drop-offs to set up the food for guests to serve themselves. Others may include chairs, tables, and linen in the package for other events. This is usually done for a full-service catering for significant events like weddings. 

Yes, you can! Buffet caterers provide different dishes including appetizers, main courses, desserts and beverages. Sometimes, caterers have prepared set menus for you to choose from. Here, the choices for appetizers, main courses, and dessert are grouped for you to pick from. 

You have many options when dealing with leftover food from your buffet. First, you can prepare disposable containers to pack what is left for your caterers. This allows you to take them home after. Second, you can donate the food to your nearest soup kitchen or homeless shelter. You can communicate with your Tasker before the event to plan what to do if you have leftovers. 

It can be as short as 15 to 30 minutes or about an hour. This depends on what your buffet caterer will be providing you. Caterers aim to have everything ready 30 minutes before you let guests arrive.

What do buffet catering services include?

Special occasions call for a unique menu not part of your regular cooking. That’s why some people choose to hire a buffet service to take care of the food for weddings, birthdays, or corporate functions. In a buffet-style catering, they set up a plethora of hot dishes on buffet tables. Some services include servers who assist guests in getting their food, while others offer to drop off packages. Here’s what you can expect when you book buffet catering near you: 

Corporate events

Having food delivered and served during a corporate event helps you focus on what matters - your business. Corporations hire buffet catering services for various occasions like working lunches, corporate retreats, conferences, and even recognition ceremonies. A buffet caterer may offer to drop off and set up the food for a self-service lunch with a set menu. This is best for smaller events like company picnics and working lunches. On the other hand, a buffet-style catering can be set up, complete with servers, rental tables, and decorations for bigger events like recognition programs and conferences. 


Weddings are extraordinary occasions. When you hire a wedding caterer, they pay significant attention to the event’s details. This includes communicating with the bride, groom, the wedding party, and the event coordinator. Some may even offer full-service wedding catering. Here, they are responsible for the decor, table arrangements, and sometimes food presentation.


Moreover, the catering service also coordinates the rentals, linen, and glassware. Buffet-style catering is an option for your food presentation at weddings. A tasting may even be done for you to sample the food you picked out. You can also hire a chef to whip up meals for you before deciding on a final menu. However, a buffet caterer will always be ready with set menus for you to choose from. 


On the day of the event, your buffet catering service will set up the tables, chairs, linens, and dinnerware for you and your guests. Servers may be added to the package if you would want extra hands to go around to distribute beverages or add a dessert buffet to your package. 

Social events

Social events offer a more intimate setup than corporate events and weddings. These are events where you can get professional help, from planing and decorating to creating a program. When it comes the food, you can hire birthday, housewarming or afternoon tea buffet catering services. Buffet caterers may choose to differ menus in every event. They do this to consider the allergies and preferences of an intimate guest list. You can finalize a menu with your buffet caterer before the event. You also choose to have a self-service buffet or one with minimal servers. 

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Hounslow Heath, Greater London

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We are holding a christening lunch and need help with serving food from pots into serving dishes at a buffet table. You would need to keep an eye on the serving dishes and refill and possibly keep food heated in the kitchen. Will also need help in tidying the kitchen after. Food will be served between 1.30 and 2pm. So we will need you from 1pm until 3.30pm. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 29 April 2023

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I will need 4 people to serve food at a buffet station during an event for 3 hours- £15 per hour. Must be clean and well presented. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 28 January 2023

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London Candy Buffet Set Up Stylist & Attendant


Brook Green, Greater London, W6

7th Oct 2022

Want to join an awesome team? London's favourite Candy & Lolly Buffet Company - Sweet Talk is looking for a friendly, and extremely reliable events professional, to set up spectacular event Sweet Stations, Candy Buffets and Lolly Bars in London! You will be required on an ongoing, casual basis including weekdays, weekends and evenings. Skills Required - Reliable! - Your own car to transport candy jars, candy and props - Flexible availability - Great communication skills - A natural flair for perfection - Small indoor shelves, storage cupboard or area, to store buffet candy jars and props. Hospitality and Event styling experience would be an advantage however not necessary as we provide full training. Please message with any questions, we have fun work waiting at AMAZING events!! You WILL be the most popular person at the event! - 27th of October - 5th December We look forward to hearing from you. - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 26 October 2022

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Catering for small business - Due date: 7/10/22

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Langley, Berkshire

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Lunch buffet for around 15 people - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 5 May 2022

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Vauxhall, Greater London, SE11

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Person required to pick up jars, props and candy, and set up candy buffet. Very large vehicle or van required otherwise it will take multiple trips. Nothing heavy but all items are fragile so all care must be taken. - pick up jars props from Kennington - wash jars - collect candy from Croydon - transport all items to Bankside and set up for event at 10am 13th December - will take approx 2hours - go back at 4.30pm to pack up items - wash jars and return to storage in Kennington Must be reliable, friendly and presentable, and be able to follow direction easily with attention to detail. Casual work available for future set ups.



Covent Garden, Greater London

5th Dec 2019

We require someone to set up candy jars, and props for a candy buffet at a corporate event in Covent Garden. Set up 3.45pm Set by 6.15pm Attend 9.30-11.30pm (top up jars, clean up table if necessary) Must be professional, friendly and well presented.

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