Help needed first timer event catering
Servers passing on trays with cocktail napkins for the guests usually works. Make sure frilled toothpicks are in any item needing them or small tongs are available for shrimp cocktail type items. Bus tubs or containers for the napkins or picks must be placed so guests can easily locate them.
Tommil's got it covered, you can pass at tables too, provided you have the room, it can just get tacky squeezing between guests sometimes. And cant stress enough the bussing issue--even if you have to have someone running around snatching up trash. There's nothing less classy than a bunch of plates, napkins, and used toothpicks laying around a room--especially while food is still being served.
Of course be sure whatever you do is okayed with the client, provided there is one.
Is this some post graduate extern event or are you now an actual caterer?
All great answers.
Are you in charge of providing the tables?
If so get the tall ones and pass.
The ugliest behavior at these things is the table sitters, frantic they will miss something, trailing waitstaff, hip checking the "standers", in order to collect a plate of apps.
IMO of course.
I would also suggest the tall bistro type table, I much prefer them on cocktail events. Clients budget would have to determine not only food but servers, bussers, passers as well.example Shrimp might be gone too quickly if on a stationary display but it also costs you money to have it passed by one of your personal. Some food items can be passed directly from a tray (hate to say 'piled" on but... ) others choices may need a tiny plate for each item then on a bigger tray. AAAHHH. the joys of appetizer events.....I wish you luck and I'm sure it will go great but for a first time catering event....you got kahoonas my friend!