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What are some ideas for a luncheon party?

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Ideas for a luncheon party include a casual buffet or a cold entrée party with simple chilled food choices. Some other ideas include serving hot entrées at a winter party or a formal brunch.

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A casual buffet includes long tables set with various buffet dishes, such as salads, pasta, bread and desserts. Foods that require chafing dishes need to be placed away from cold-plated dishes. Cocktail height tables mixed with tables with seating options allow attendees to mingle. One table should be set up for beverages, ice and cups.

A cold-plated party serves only cold entrées, such as green salads, chicken and egg salad, vegetables or sandwiches. Hot lunch parties include soups and stews, meat choices, quiche and steamed vegetables. Formal parties utilize large dining tables, table linens, formal dinnerware and centerpieces. Casual parties are typically buffet style with disposable dinnerware and simple tablecloths.

A brunch includes both breakfast and lunch entrées. Some breakfast options include egg dishes, such as frittata, eggs Benedict and omelettes, or pancakes and waffles. Some lunch and appetizer options include mushroom caps, shrimp cocktail and meat options. Other dishes include salads, fruit, muffins and cornbread. If appropriate, bloody Mary drinks and mimosas are options for brunch parties that include alcohol.

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