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Dear Sugar
I am having a holiday dinner party next week and I am wondering how I should seat my guests. There will be a mix of work and social friends and some people have never met each other. Should I use name tags or let everyone sit with whom they feel comfortable? Do you have any pointers? In Need Of Assistance Nina

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Dear In Need Of Assistance Nina
Everyone loves a holiday party, so try not to worry too much about if your guests are having fun. A dinner party is a great way to meet new people so I suggest using place cards at the table. Birds of a feather flock together so breaking up friends and couples is key to spark conversation and don't forget to seat boy girl, boy girl.

Will you be having more than one table? The number of guests you invite will dictate how the table conversations will go. The more people you have, the more likely your guests will talk to their neighbor. If you have less people at smaller tables, the easier it will be to engage everyone in the same conversation.

Try putting an outgoing personality next to the shy guy. If you seat all of the extroverts together the table will most likely be uneven. If you have single friends that you think could be potential pairs, this is your chance to be a matchmaking hostess. As long as the drinks flow and there is good conversation, I am sure your party will be a hit. Cheers!

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