Whether it is a formal dinner party or a Super Bowl party your food layout and table setting is a key component to the success. The flow of the people for any size party can make a great difference. Accessibility to the food is important to your event.
A small Super Bowl party still needs proper placement. Without good placement of food people end up standing in front of the best play of the game. Good idea to have a low table where the TV is for a few of those munchies, like the chips, those items that don’t have to be on a plate. Depending on your room size you can put the main dishes, the Sloppy Joe sandwich or the wings, in the kitchen or a table away from the TV but not so far that guests will not get up to acquire the food. You can place the party ware on its own table a bit away from the main dishes. This separation helps avoid any lines or people on top of each other. Dividing the guests often leads to good communication.
A large family gathering can often benefit from the buffet style table. This helps avoid the crowded table that is already overloaded with your pretty centerpiece and table ware. Buffet style is a presentation on its own. If you have the space and the people try to use both sides of the table. If not then a one side setup will still work. Start with cold dishes. The hot side dishes would follow your cold sides. Then the main dishes should be last as so they are still hot when the guest sits at the table. It is nice if you can set the main dishes at a different angle on the table as this is often a spot that takes a bit longer. Facing the end of the table vs. the side can be a great start. Deserts should really be brought out later to the same table and separated to like items. Nice if you can provide height to any of your dishes. Here is a great image for the layout. www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t--1086/setting-a-buffet-table.asp
Walk around the room once you set up your food areas. Make sure you are not blocking TV’s or you are not in the way of your main dinner table. Pretend you are guest and just run a few situations and rearrange if needed. Guests like to chat often around the food. Supply a separate table and chairs close to the food to allow for smaller mingling. A few simple thoughts and your party will be a success.