Learn simple styling tricks for creating more space when entertaining large parties.
Can you recall the last time you hosted an event in your home? At first it seemed that no one was coming. Then all of a sudden everyone was coming—and they wanted to bring a guest, too! One year we hosted a dinner party in remembrance of my mother-in-love. In the beginning it was just us but it then quickly turned into a seated dinner for 18 with 44 people total in attendance! Click here to see how we transformed our kitchen.
Fortunately, we have a large kitchen and a dedicated dining room, but most of us don’t have space to accommodate more that 10 guests to gather in one spot.
Simple styling tricks are the answer to your holiday seating dilemma. Create inviting settings in the living room, your home office, and if whether permits take your party outdoors. It’s okay to encourage guests to break into smaller groups but only if you make the atmosphere in each area as festive as possible. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
IN THE LIVING ROOM
Let’s be honest, for most people eating in the living room isn’t far fetched especially when there’s no vacancy in the dining room. However, what if your coffee table was decked out in festive tableware, a simple centerpiece, and most importantly seating? The idea in itself becomes a conversation starter and guests will likely gather around for this unique experience.
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IN THE HOME OFFICE | LIBRARY
In your home office or library, allow your bookcases to become a lovely backdrop to a lively dinner party. Got a large desk? Cover it with a vibrant tablecloth and have fun with layering it with fun patterned plates and colorful glass. Small, quiet conversations are likely, but don’t be surprised to hear thunderous laughs coming from your library.
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TAKE THE PARTY OUTSIDE
Alfresco dining on Thanksgiving? It’s possible especially if you live in a warmer climate. This time of the year flies aren’t such a nuisance so you (and your guests) may be more open to congregating outside. Don’t be concerned about purchasing outdoor-safe dishes—you can use what you have.
And as for pillows, don’t be limited to outdoor textiles.You will bring them inside once everyone leaves. Again, use what you have! With an attractive spread like this, it’ll be hard time getting your guests back inside.
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Use these simple styling tips to also accommodate latecomers. If you intentionally decorate each of these additional spaces, they won’t feel as if the party started without them.