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What Not To Party: No Stations = No Flow

I recently attended a graduation party where the majority of the food was crammed onto one teeny little table. The chips were on another table so if you wanted dip with your chip, you had to carry it from one side of the room to the other. To make matters worse, the guest were crowding around the food table blocking the walkway, door to the outside, and access to the refrigerator! The party lacked flow, cliques formed and mingling was awkward and uncomfortable. I pulled the hostess' best friend aside and explained to her the importance of stations at a party.

Set the food on different tables throughout the house. Map it out. Some outside, some inside, some here, some there. Separating the food gives guests something to do and mobilizes them around the party. A general comfortable flow in which guests move freely, greet one another, and interact will never occur if you plop all of the food and drinks in one area. So next time you plan your party, keep that in mind and everything will go swimmingly!

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mme-sky mme-sky 8 years
I totally agree with the idea of rearranging your furniture/seating for a party. I also love to rent those cocktail-height round tables. They're inexpensive & give people something to congregate around, as well as somewhere to set their drink while they eat.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Good ideas to keep in mind!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Good ideas to keep in mind!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Vapid, sounds like youve got it all under control!
vapidintuition vapidintuition 8 years
I'm all about the food stations at my parties. Sure, I have a tiny apartment, but I can totally work it. We clear EVERYTHING out, reposition the furniture, and put food in three key locations. On the bar in the dining room, accessible from both the dining side and the kitchen side, since everyone congregates to my kitchen for some strange reason. We put a buffet table behind the couch in the living room. Its elevated, so it adds some height and seems less cluttered that way. Then we have a low long table, kind of like a bench, that we keep finger foods at, near the floor pillows, so people can relax and snack in the living room, while people who are eating foods that require plates can hover and sit in the kitchen, dining room and hall area. We don't keep food outside because of bugs. But if its a barbecue, we set up chairs and waterproof blankets for people to hang out on!
vapidintuition vapidintuition 8 years
I'm all about the food stations at my parties. Sure, I have a tiny apartment, but I can totally work it. We clear EVERYTHING out, reposition the furniture, and put food in three key locations. On the bar in the dining room, accessible from both the dining side and the kitchen side, since everyone congregates to my kitchen for some strange reason.We put a buffet table behind the couch in the living room. Its elevated, so it adds some height and seems less cluttered that way. Then we have a low long table, kind of like a bench, that we keep finger foods at, near the floor pillows, so people can relax and snack in the living room, while people who are eating foods that require plates can hover and sit in the kitchen, dining room and hall area. We don't keep food outside because of bugs. But if its a barbecue, we set up chairs and waterproof blankets for people to hang out on!
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 8 years
I totally agree with the importance of where and how the food is placed at a party. I went to a party recently where it was all crammed onto one table and it was hard to get to, we were all supposed to be in one room but the food was on that one table in another room, it was very awkward and not a lot of people ate.
summer-roberts summer-roberts 8 years
Even if food is all on one table, it should be large enough to accommodate and things should be grouped together (IE:chips near dip). Then I place the drinks across the room or outside.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Poo, thats no fun to be crammed in.
kungfubunni kungfubunni 8 years
oh yum, i love all your little tips!
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