Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party
If you’re hosting a holiday party this season, you might be wondering how to best arrange your space. Why do some parties crackle with energy, while others seem dull? A big part of the answer is how you set up your furniture to encourage your guests to move around the party. Here are a few tips to make sure that everyone has a great time!
First, take care of the coats
This year, don’t ask your guests to throw their coats in a big messy pile on the extra bed. Instead, empty your front hall closet for the night. Now your guests can hang their coats neatly as soon as they arrive!
Keep the area near the front door clear
Instead of putting drinks near the front door and creating a traffic jam, put the bar on a table directly across from the front door. When arriving guests can see the bar, you won’t have to point directions all night long.
Keep the food far from the bar
It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a good reason to set your food far from the bar: It encourages guests to move between the two stations, passing each other and mingling in the process. It’s best to use a circular table for the food, so that guests are facing each other as they graze on the treats.
Hide your chairs
Furniture people saying that you need fewer chairs? It’s true – but only for the night! When you’re relaxing with friends watching the big game or having a conversation after a dinner party, you need to have lots of seating. But for a holiday party, you only want seating for about one-third of your guests. This encourages people to stand and mingle, preventing the party from “locking up” when guests stake a claim on seats and don’t move all night.
Arrange the seats to welcome newcomers
You can arrange the remaining chairs in a “C” shape that opens toward the front door and bar. This way, newcomers are automatically “in the loop” when they arrive, instead of seeing people with their backs turned.
Restock your paper goods
You don’t want to run out of toilet paper or napkins!
Take care of the trash
Put trays for used plates and silverware on side tables throughout the party. Clearly labeled bins for trash and recycling will also make your job easier as a host.
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