How to Set up a Buffet for your Holiday Party

Most holiday get togethers revolve around food, but as the host, you don't want to spend all of your time in the kitchen. Set up a buffet where guests can help themselves and you can socialize.

A small, simple centerpiece leaves more room for platters and cake plates so you can fit more on your buffet.

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Choose a variety of serving dishes, label them with the appropriate dish, and arrange them on the table the day before the party.

Start with a stack of plates, then salads and sides, then main courses.


Fit more onto your buffet with serveware at different heights. Cake stands and footed bowls let you layer platters on top of each other.

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Be sure to label your dishes and include notes for guests with allergies.

Place forks and napkins at the end of the buffet so guests have free hands to serve.

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