How to Seat a Crowd for the Holidays

November 13, 2018 4:19 pm

As 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 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 limited 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 need to angle the table differently or move it into another 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 create space for your dinner table.

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

Out of sight – As you are rearranging, you may find there isn’t enough room for some pieces of furniture while you are hosting. Try moving these pieces into a garage or spare bedroom to free up space.

Sit closely – If your dining room table typically seats eight, 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 to sit in the outer seats. If any guests are left-handed, you may want to seat them on the “left corners” so they don’t bump elbows with the person next to them.

Offer 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 served, whether the drinks are alcoholic or non-alcoholic. To disperse the crowd and avoid bottlenecks, create drink stations in at least a couple areas of your home.

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