Yummy Signage, Anyone?

As a rather picky eater, with some food allergies, I tend to steer clear of buffets, or when I do eat at one (mainly in Vegas!), I stick to only recognizable foods. I’m just not adventurous enough to try new things, unless I know what they are, and it seems many buffets don’t think it’s necessary to label their food items.

So as a courtesy to our guests, I’ve made 4″ x 6″ framed signs for our buffet, so they will know what they’re eating. And I found the frames on sale at Jo-Ann’s for only $2.99 each! This will be a good alternative to a menu, since it really isn’t practical to have a menu at the place setting when people will be serving themselves, plus it’s an excuse for yet another project with my beloved paper! :)

(the tri tip will be hand carved to order by our chef at a carving station)


Prior to the buffet dinner, we will have passed hors d’oeuvres, so I think guests will have to fend for themselves to figure out what those are (or just ask the waiter!). Our guests will be able to choose from:

  • Smoked Trout & Apple Salad on Cucumber Rounds
  • Crab Cakes with Chili-Lime Aioli
  • Flatbread Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Pancetta & Gruyere Cheese
  • And on an 8 foot table there will be a Selection of Cheeses, Marinated Vegetables & Fresh Fruits (Triple Cream Brie, Point Reyes Blue, Sharp Irish Cheddar, Fresh Mozzarella, Picholine & Calamata Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, and Assorted Seasonal Fruits)


There will also be bread and salad served at the table before the buffet dinner, but since we chose a simple Classic Caesar Salad with Crisp Romaine, Croutons & Parmesan Reggiano Cheese, I’m thinking our guests can figure out the salad by themselves!

Are you having a sit down or buffet dinner at your reception, and will you be incorporating any signage or menus for your guests?

(unless otherwise noted, all pictures in this post were taken by me)


Mrs. Cola

Mountain View, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010
I'll Have an Order of Recession Deals, with a Reduced Rate and a Side of Discount, Please
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  1. Member
    Ms. Library 464 posts, Helper bee @ 1:10 pm

    Love your signs! We’re putting signs up for our cake flavors since we’re having four. As someone with food allergies that don’t tend to be common (I’m allergic to nutmeg… yes, I know, weird.), I always appreciate signage!

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    Miss Spaghetti 282 posts, Helper bee @ 1:13 pm

    I think your DIY project is fantastic!!! I am toying with the idea myself to make signs or print a menu. Thanks for sharing!

  3. piglet Member
    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:16 pm

    That food looks delish and great job on the signs! The signage would be much appreciated from a non-foodie like me… 😀

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    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:22 pm

    OMG, I am soooo hungry now! Everything sounds delish, and your signs are very cute.

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    MissClementine 42 posts, Newbee @ 1:30 pm

    Signs are always nice! There is nothing worse than having a guessing game when it comes to food!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:31 pm

    great job! i think signs are key for a buffet. i’m sure your guests will appreciate it!

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    Goldilocks1107 2684 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:13 pm

    We’ll be having an hors d’oeuvres buffet. So, I’m thinking I’ll make special cards for that, and see if I can get a list of ingredients to include on the back of the sign. We have a couple people with food allergies, and I’d like them to be able to make educated decisions about what they’re selecting.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:34 pm

    I love the paper you used! The texture is just perfect. Where did you get it and were you able to use an inkjet printer on it?

  9. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:38 pm

    @adias.angel – The green and cream paper is from LCI Paper, it’s under their 111lb card stock section. The purple is from Paper and More, and it’s the 65lb in orchid. I did print these on my inkjet with no problems, but it is a larger format printer (Epson R1900). Before upgrading to my new printer, I had to hand feed the paper on my old printer, since it is pretty thick. Hope that helps!

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    thefuturemrsgibbs 1196 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:38 pm

    I’m having a buffet as well. I think that’s a good idea to have signs I think it’s better than menus at each table. I think I will do that as well.

  11. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:44 pm

    The food looks sooo yummy!

  12. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:56 pm

    Thanks! It does help. I just ordered 5 pack of the linen from LCI last week for our invitations. Looks like I am soon to become one of their best customers. LOL :)

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 3:08 pm

    Yummy, yummy food. This was a bad post to look at when hungry. :)

    You are a sign machine!

  14. spaniel Member
    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:02 pm

    Yuuummmmmmmmmm…. 😀

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    Grits 36 posts, Newbee @ 4:11 pm

    Love your signs! They’re really nice. Me, the groom and one of my bridesmaids all have a different food issues so we’ll be labeling everything. I purchased a bunch of silver 4×6 frames from someone on bravobride for my little project. Inspiring design :)

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:15 pm

    Those are cute! I think buffet signs are super important!

  17. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:30 pm

    Yum! I’m tossed between signs at the buffet or menus.

  18. hamster Member
    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 5:35 pm

    Mmmm – all that sounds scrumptious!

  19. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 pm

    you made me hungry. and it’s 11 pm. thanks! :) the signs look awesome!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:04 pm

    first, everything looks and sounds delicious! i wish i was able to eat at your wedding.

    second, that always bothers me when they don’t list what the buffet is. i usually pile it onto my plate anyway but i’d like to know what i’m going to eat.

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    Happy Nappy Bride, Guest @ 11:41 pm

    I’m doing the same thing, but with frames from the Dollar Store. The Mister’s got all sorts of food allergies, so I figured we’d better give folks a heads up on what they’re eating…content and all.

  22. potatochips Member
    potatochips 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:48 am

    Great idea! As a vegetarian, I’m always poking around wondering if there’s bacon hiding in things!

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:06 am

    LOVE the signage! I plan on doing this, as well!!!

  24. nachos Member
    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:04 pm

    So smart making descriptive signs, sometimes it’s tough to tell what something is in a buffet. And I want some of that salmon please.

  25. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:08 pm

    Drooool. Is it time for lunch yet? You’ve officially made me hungry! The signs look great!

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