If you don’t like making menu decisions, but love endless portions, buffets are for you! That’s why there’s National Buffet Day on January 2. It’s all about the joys and deliciousness a buffet can bring. Observing the holiday can be simple or a challenge. Go out and try a new buffet or your personal favorite. Or if you’re feeling up to it, create your own buffet and invite your friends over to enjoy.
National Buffet Day timeline
Buffets became an American staple
By the mid-'60s, nearly every casino or resort in Las Vegas featured a buffet.
The buffet arrived in Las Vegas
El Rancho Vegas opened as the first casino and resort on the Las Vegas strip. The casino served a "Buckaroo Buffet" — bringing the now-favorite to America.
The buffet was named
Sweden was the first to name and define an "all-you-can-eat" meal as a buffet or a smörgåsbord.
National Buffet Day Activities
Go to a buffet
From a neighborhood buffet to a fancy hotel breakfast, try something new. All types of buffets can be delicious if done correctly.
Make your own buffet
Show off your skills or buffet prowess by creating your own spread of delicious food and drink. Don't forget to invite your family and friends.
Share your celebration online
Get social on #NationalBuffetDay by sharing your food photos. Post your favorite spots or the location you stopped by to celebrate.
3 Fun Buffet Ideas
Make Your Own Pizzas
Set out pita bread, along with different kinds of sauces, cheese, and toppings. Let your guests go crazy!
Truly let your guests try everything — by making all your buffet offerings bite-sized.
Murder mystery buffet
Bring some drama and intrigue to your buffet by including a murder mystery game into the evening.
Why We Love National Buffet Day
Buffets mean endless choices
We make decisions all day everyday — at work, at home, even on vacations. Give yourself a break from life's limitations and have it all with a buffet.
Buffets are delicious
If you're going to cheat on your diet or healthy eating plan, you might as well go big. Pack in all your favorites at a buffet.
Buffets bring us together
Sitting down to eat is a great way to bond with family and friends. When you eat at a buffet, everyone is happy because there are so many choices!
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