How to Seat a Crowd for the Holidays

November 14, 2017 9:19 pm

shutterstock_379682038As you prepare to gather with your family and friends this holiday season, you may find yourself wondering if your home will be large enough to hold all of your guests. Hosting a crowd can often present itself as a problem, especially if you live in a smaller house. Make the most of your small space by following these tips:

Rearrange – You may need to reposition the furniture in your home to allow for a larger table or more chairs. If your dining room table has a leaf, you may have to angle the table differently or move it into a different room for the best fit. Don’t be afraid to move furniture, such as couches and end tables, against walls or into different rooms to make way for your dinner table.

Split up guests – Don’t limit yourself to a single dining room table. If you do not have a table large enough for all of your guests, consider using a few smaller tables.

Out of sight – As you are rearranging, you may find that there are pieces of furniture that will not fit while you are hosting. Try moving these pieces into a garage or spare bedroom to create more space.

Sit closely – If your dining room table typically seats 8, you may be able to squeeze chairs closer together to seat 10 or even 12. Arrange for children to sit in the middle seats and adults in the outer seats. If any guests are left handed, you may want to seat them on the “left corners” so that they don’t bump elbows with the person next to them.

Set up food stations – Food stations can serve a dual purpose when hosting a large crowd. By setting up food buffets in a location other than your dining area, you will limit traffic in what may already be a tight space. You can also place buffets in front of doorways that lead to areas of your home that you may not want guests to access.

Set drinks to the side – Guests tend to congregate where drinks are being served whether they are alcoholic or non-alcoholic. To disperse the crowd and avoid bottlenecks, create more than one drink station in a couple different areas of your home.

If hosting crowds of guests is something that you find yourself doing regularly, maybe it is time for a larger home. I would love to talk to you about your financing options on a home that will best fit your needs. Call me today to set up an appointment.