Helpful sites for large scale meals?
Can anyone suggest websites that might be useful when planning larger meals? I've just been asked to host over three dozen for a luncheon next week and am trying not to panic. I've managed casual holiday parties and open houses for twice as many, but have never entertained more than 20 for a sit-down meal. We'll have 5 - 6 tables, seating 6 - 8 each, depending on the final head count.
I'm concerned about how long it could take that many people to serve themselves and get seated. Would it be a good idea to have salads plated and on the tables when the guests arrive? (If so, I'll need to buy some more glass cruets to put dressings on the tables.) I could also place bread baskets and butter dishes on the tables.
Any tips for buffet set-up would be appreciated, as well as any other advice. Thanks!