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The Guest List

available space - If your space is limited, consider breaking your room into small seating clusters. Move your furniture into small groups creating good conversation areas.

basic supplies - Make sure you have enough of the following on hand:

  • Chairs,
  • Place settings,
  • Glasses, and
  • Pots and pans.

You can rent party supplies if you need to.

Consider using fold-up furniture such as card tables. Tabletops placed on top of a smaller table and covered with a pretty tablecloth can be used.

the guest list

number of guests

After you determine how many guests your space will accomidate, you will need to determine how many people you will.

  • eight (8) guests - You may need help (a friend at the party) to serve a sit-down dinner for more than eight (8) guests. Or consider service from a buffet.
  • sixteen (16) guests - For sixteen (16) guests, you should enlist the help of two friends or hire temporary help to pass hors d'oeuvres, serve drinks and dinner, and clean up.

mix of guests

Avoid inviting one single person to an all couples event. Instead, invite a few single people so no one feels unescorted.

dinner party

- , Editor, Etiquette Scholar

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