How To Set a Buffet Tips to keep the party moving

Party season is officially here! And if that means hosting friends and family, we love the idea of a buffet. It’s an easy way to serve your guests, and it saves space at the dinner table. But do you know how to set up a buffet properly? See below for visual pointers to keep the party flowing.


Basically, the goal is to make it as easy as possible to grab your food and get back to the table. That’s why you start with the plates and go straight to the food, and save the utensils and such until the end. This will free up everyone’s hands as they work their way down the food line!

Another great pointer is that tiered stands are a helpful way to make more room on the buffet. Of course, we used a dessert table as the example (because cake), but this same concept applies to a dinner buffet:

Ultimately, learning how to set a buffet is about making hosting life easy. That way, you can focus on the important part—which is enjoying time with family and friends.