If you read Maximizing Space For a Party Part I and Part II, you're almost an expert on rearranging furniture and maximizing space for a party, but not quite. So get the most of Home Entertainment month when you read more.
- 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.
- This probably goes without saying, but if you're going to be turning on Mark Ronson, make sure you have ample floorspace for dancing and chairs for guests who lose their breath.
- 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.