One Essential Tip for Setting Up a Buffet

It's back-to-school season around the country, and I feel that this also launches us into buffet season. School parties, office potlucks, and then, of course, the holidays of fall — chances are you're be sidling up to a long table covered with casseroles sometime soon. And if you're the one setting up that table, I have one important reminder for you. The most important tip for setting up a buffet for a crowd...

Put the silverware, napkins, and cups at the end of the buffet line, not the beginning.

It's a simple tip, but one that makes a difference. How many times have you juggled a napkin and a clutch of silverware while trying to scoop up some mac and cheese? Put that cutlery and the stack of napkins at the end of the line, where people can grab them without worrying about dropping a full plate.

Better yet, if you're setting up tables for your buffet, put the silverware on the tables themselves, laid out in place settings or bundled in Mason jars, handles up.

What are your best tips for successful buffets and party flow?

More Buffet Tips:
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