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Party Foul: Not Enough Room to Move

When hosting any sort of an event, it is crucial to find the correct balance between too much open space and not enough room. If there is too much room, the party looks like an empty dance floor at a bad prom. If there is no room, it can be stifling and uncomfortable.

During the public tasting at the Artisan Cheese Festival, I found myself crammed between several people all desperate to taste cheese. The booths were too close together and there was no flow of traffic because the place was over packed. Needless to say, it was not fun. I wondered why the event planners had not spaced out the booths better or taken into consideration that it was a beautiful day that would bring a bigger crowd to the event.

Although this was a large event, the same goes for private parties in the home. If you have a small studio, don't invite over fifty friends. Allow room for guests to mingle without having to press up against a new acquaintance.

How about you? Have you ever been to an over-crowded party? How did you deal with not having enough room?


Advah Advah 9 years
Heh in pretty much every party I've been to, I ended up stuck in a corner (of course not the food corner) with people I had nothing to say to, and I usually have to elbow my way through the room to get a drink..
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I hate crowds...
justjaime27 justjaime27 9 years
Wow - it reminds me of the Taste of Chicago!!! Ha ha. I used to go down to The Taste with friends, but it's during summer, and when there's that many people all crowded together, it's hot not only from the sun, but from everything that's cooking plus the body's horrible, and far from I stopped going. Crowded is never fun, unless it's in Disney World of course. :) If a place is too crowded, I leave.
will205 will205 9 years
it's so annoying when you are at a party and you either can't move or it's too hot!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
ugh, i hate when parties are too crowded. I'm a grad student and every year a professor has a dinner party at their house for interview weekend. The WHOLE department gets invited. A lot of people don't show, but there are ALWAYS far too many people in one house.
Marci Marci 9 years
I hate an overcrowded event and usually leave because there's nothing pleasurable about it. An overcrowded party can be broken up by going outside, if the weather is cooperating. But if I can't move or hold my plate, I'd rather just go home.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
The worst is when you're at an overcrowded party and everyone is drinking red wine. There's always a spill and someone always gets upset.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Too crowded? Bring a few friends from the party outside, if possible, for a sanity breather. This usually attracts more friends, and the ebb and flow into the crowded quarters usually eases up quite a bit as others follow suit.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I forgot to say that once everyone has eaten and rested and is sufficiently lubricated with drinks then everything is moved up against the walls because the hours and hours and singing and wild dancing are go to start. Then the houses always get hot and steamy. Doors and windows get opened and loads of fun is had by all.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Family get-togethers are like attending the Soccer World Cup game. My mom has ten siblings. I have upwards of 60 immediate cousins and they have children, step-children and spouses. Depending on whose house the get-together is held at there can be absolutely no room to breathe. That is until someone puts the food (aka giant buffet) out. Then you can breathe, hear yourself think and grab a seat and stretch your legs. At one of my cousins wedding it was crazy over 500 guests including Stevie Wonder all crammed into my aunts 2500 sq ft Chatsworth home! Thank goodness she had an enormous back yard and three stories for people to mill around in but still there wasn't enough room. I was 10 and I got to escort Mr Wonder around the reception and ram family members to get them to move out of his way. I also got to work the bar with one of my cousin who was also 10. We managed to get everyone bombed out of their gourd about two hours into the reception. My sister and I have a deal. If I go I agree that if I get in line for food, I'll fix her a plate too and she will hold two seats for us. And she will do the same for me if she decides to go get food. The cool thing is that because we are "orphans" since both of our parents are dead - our aunts and uncles treat my siblings and I very special. We are often coddled, cuddled and protected at these large family functions. It was a little annoying at first but now I understand that it just how my mom's family reacts to death, they close ranks around the survivors and protect them.
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