Party Architecture: #1 - Density

How To Plan a Party

Ever been to this type of party?

You're invited for 9.

You walk in at 10:30.

But you're still early.

A few people are sitting around the living room. Others are leaning against the wall. You find the host in the kitchen pouring a drink for someone under the bright, fluorescent light. A plate of crudites sits on top of a stereo playing a blah rock mix. Someone is already saying their goodbyes…Don't let this happen to you! If you're throwing a party in your apartment this season, be sure to keep in mind the four tenets of party architecture: density, structure, lighting, and flow.

We'll describe these in a series of posts. Let us know of any good or bad examples from your holiday party rounds.

Density

People make a party. But how many should you invite?

The right density — the number of people in the room — depends on the type of party, and, to a lesser extent, the mood you want to set. This table suggests the right number of square feet per guest.

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Divide the square feet of your party space by the number to get your target number of guests. Only include rooms where people will congregate. Why does a party often end up in the kitchen?

(Answer: As a party distills to a core group people instinctively keep the density up by moving to a small room)

- Billy Mac

Party Architecture Series

Party Architecture: #1 - Density
Party Architecture: #2 - Structure
Party Architecture: #3 - Lighting
Party Architecture: #4 - Flow

(Image: Cheyenne Weaver's Gilded Simplicity)

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