How to Arrange Seating for Your Next Large Dinner Party
Hosting a dinner party is a great way to socialize with your friends, acquaintances, and colleagues while enjoying a delicious meal. A dinner party gives you the opportunity to catch up with old friends and introduce people from different parts of your life to each other. Invite as many guests as you want and rent tables and chairs to accommodate everyone. Once you know who will be attending, you should arrange a seating chart.
Mix It Up
In addition to reconnecting with old friends, one of the main points of a dinner party is to have your guests interact with new people. When you are arranging your assigned seating, consider the personalities of each guest. Your shy colleague might be brought out of his shell if he is seated next to your vivacious neighbor whom he has never met. Avoid arranging the seating by groups, and try placing couples across the table from each other rather than next to each other. This kind of seating arrangement will make people feel comfortable and encourage mingling at the same time.
Make Name Cards
Creating personalized name cards and placing them at each seat will minimize any confusion from your guests as to where to sit. Though some guests may be wary at first of assigned seating, you can decorate the name cards with a person’s hobbies or interests so there is a conversation icebreaker at the ready. Think about sitting people together who don’t know each other but share similar interests.
Choose the Right Seat for Yourself
Hosting a dinner party is no small job, which is why you should station yourself near the center of activity. Place your seat so you can see the majority of the guests at the table, and give yourself easy access to the kitchen if you need to check on food.
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