Friday, December 3, 2010

Party On, Party People

"Considering that it is Home Entertainment month and the holiday parties are nonstop, I thought it fitting to arm you with some TIPS FOR REARRANGING YOUR FURNITURE, in case you are throwing a party..."


•"If your party is on the weekend, decorate and rearrange your home during the week before the party. That way you'll get it out of the way, leaving you time to deal with cooking, shopping, etc. This will also leave you time to make changes, in case you notice that something is off."

•"Clean the house first, and put all of your knick-knacks away. That means anything on tables or sitting on the floor, unless it's an essential like a lamp."

•"Count the number of affirmative R.S.V.P.s, and then add about five crashers onto that number. Now, walk around the main party room and try to imagine all of those guests in it."

•"If necessary, add chairs to accommodate more people, or add two side chairs in place of a larger arm chair. Stash fold-out chairs in a nearby closet, for emergency seating."

•"Make sure there are enough side, buffet, or console tables to accommodate glasses, hors d'oeuvre plates, and other odds and ends (cameras, purses, etc.). If you have overhead lighting (that can be dimmed), you can completely remove any lamps you have in the room to make for more table space."

•"Top your tables with trays, so when they fill up with empty glasses and plates, you can easily lift them away to make room for new glasses and plates."

•"Set up extra tables for the bar and buffet, and arrange them at opposite ends of the room with different food and drink on each end to avoid traffic jams and keep people circulating."

•"In the same sense, make sure you have enough waste baskets in each room, and place them on opposite ends."

•"If there is something of particular interest in the room, like a fireplace or a TV for a Super Bowl party, make sure the majority of the seating is facing the focal point. Make a nook of separate seating for people who just want to talk or escape the focus for whatever reason."

•"If you have a big, bulky coffee table, so long as you have ample side tables and something of interest on each side of the coffee table (i.e. couch on one side, bar on the other), you can completely remove it to make room for more feet."

•"At any house party, it is highly unlikely that all of the guests will remain in one room. So make sure there is ample seating, lighting, tabletop space, food, drink, and general appeal in each room. For example, some people like to chat with the hostess while she cooks, so put some bar stools or arm chairs there—but obviously not anywhere in the way. Others want a place to play an impromptu card game, so put the coffee table in a smaller room."

•"If the weather is nice, and you have outdoor furniture, all of tips above should apply to your patio or deck as well."

•"If you're throwing a dinner party, make sure there are enough chairs to go around, and keep spare chairs nearby in case of a crasher. Break out the table leaf if necessary. Keep a buffet or console table in the dining room, so that guests can serve themselves seconds."

•"Last but not least, unless you're throwing a movie night or Super Bowl party, keep the TV off. Better yet, completely move it out of the way if possible, to make room for more drinks, etc., and nix the red-blooded temptation to turn it on."

(Article Source: CasaSugar.com Photo via athome.kimvallee.com)

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