Your house likely isn’t set up for a party on any given day. There will be some arranging you need to do to create the best spaces for your guests.
Of course, there are the more obvious ways to divide the room. The food and drinks section, the game room, the sit and chat room, etc.
But there are a few more details you might want to consider before you start moving everything around. Let’s jump right into it!
The Furniture LayoutLet’s start with the furniture. You will need to have this decided before you can move on to food tables or decor. Of course, the type of party you are having will come into play here. If you’re having a dinner party then the dining table would be the centerpiece. If you are having a game day party the T.V. would be the centerpiece.
For a general party with people coming to mingle and enjoy party food, you probably don’t want the furniture arranged around one party space. Have you ever been to a party where you felt like you were stuck listening to one person’s stories all night? You can avoid this by dividing the space and creating separate seating areas.
Don’t cluster your seating all in one place. Depending on the size of your space/party you may only be able to divide the room twice. If you can, visualize the room in quadrants. Then arrange the furniture into four seating areas. These could be as small as seats for a few people even. This will encourage close conversation with small groups as well as moving around the room.
Use The Garage and Outdoor SpacesIf you’re working with a small space, consider using the garage as a lounge area. That gives guests a place to be that feels separate from the most commotion. It will also help the house to feel less crowded.
If you have a patio and the weather allows it, consider opening up the backyard to guests as well. Fresh air will likely be your guests’ favorite spot. Keeping the party both indoors and outdoors creates a natural divide that will make the party feel less crowded.
Keep Drinks Away From The DoorPeople seem to congregate around the drinks. For this reason, you want to make sure you have the drinks situated where there is less traffic. You don’t want people to walk into your house and be immediately greeted by a crowd of people at the drink table.
Put the drinks off to the side or in the back of the house. This way people can get around easier, and don’t worry, they will find the drinks.
Sectioning Off Places You Don’t Want Guests to BeWhen dividing space for your guests, don’t forget to consider dividing space where you don’t want your guests at the party. For example, you may want to discourage guests from going upstairs. If you place the food table at the bottom of the stairs this usually does the trick.
You can also put a table in front of doors you don’t want guests to open. The table can have food or decor on it. Another idea is to hang decor over doors that you don’t want opened. Decor can also help to keep private areas of the house more private. For example, if you don’t want people looking into your office, you can hang decor over the glass doors.
Planning doesn’t need to be complicated, but it does need to happen. Thinking ahead will make the party much more simple. You don’t want to be asking guests to help you move the drink table when you realize it’s in the way. You also don’t want to stress when people have gone upstairs. Planning ahead will make the party run smoothly and ensure everyone has a good time.
Luckily, getting everyone there is the easy part with the Plannly app. Having all your confirmed RSVPs with Plannly will help you gauge the size of your crowd. Ultimately allowing you to decide how much seating/sections you will need for your house party. Let’s do this!