Create pretty tiers on a tabletop by layering cake plates and platters.
Line shelves that usually hold cookbooks with glasses and extra bottles of mineral water. Set up food buffet-style on the dining room table. Decorate it with tall branches hung with a few ornaments; they add a festive note but won’t get in the way of people’s ability to move and socialize around the table. Pull chairs away from the table to allow for better flow around the buffet.