basic buffet set upWhen setting up a buffet, remember to place plates at the beginning.  Finish the table with the utensils and napkins. A common mistake made by many hosts when planning an event is to place utensils and napkins at the front of the table. It can be awkward trying to hold on to knives, forks, spoons and linens along with a plate while your guests are attempting to serve themselves.

Also, set up a separate table for beverages. By placing the beverage table away from the food table, you give your guests a chance to choose their food and put the plates down before pouring a drink. This minimizes the potential for spills.