Creating Space For A Party

Considering a party this weekend? Most homes are designed to accommodate a relatively small number of people on a daily basis. But then you decide to have a party and the guest list swells from ten to forty and you wonder how they're all going to fit. Some tips, after the jump...
  • What type of party is it? A dinner party may only mean rounding up a few chairs from other rooms or extending a table while charades requires figuring out some place that will represent the stage. Move the furniture around: a dining room table can be pushed up against a wall; couches can be pulled away from the coffee table; dining chairs can couple up with small tables to create a space for conversation. You may find, when the party's over, that you've discovered a new furniture arrangement for your home.
  • What type of food are you serving? Knife and fork food requires that people have some place to put their plates; for a cocktail party you might want to consider having two drink stations so that people all don't all hover in the same area. Same goes for food; divide it up and place it around your home so that your guests will move around.
  • How many people are you having? A few people over for dessert can sit around the living room while a larger party needs a variety of spaces: small intimate places for quiet conversation, places for people to stand around and chat, a place for friends who smoke, a place for a big pile of coats and handbags.

More about a panini party potluck over at The Kitchn.

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