If you are planning a New Years Party you may need to think about how you are going to position the things in your house to be able to create all the mingling, eating and drinking space you need.
Where’s the Food?
The first thing you need to think of at a New Year’s party is food. Everyone loves fun snacks and munchies at a party and they will be expecting just that from your party.
How much consideration have you given to how you are going to serve up the food to your guests? While you may want to just set it out wherever you see fit at the time that is a recipe for chaos. You need to create a good flow of movement for the food in your home. This is where you are going to put your kitchen tables to work.
Kitchen tables are very versatile pieces of furniture. They not only can be a great place to have breakfast before work, but you can transform your kitchen tables into party central.
Depending on the number of people who are coming to your house for the party, you have a couple of options for how to set up your buffet.
Traditional Buffet Style
Traditional buffet style means that you will set your kitchen tables side by side and then line up the food down the tables. Generally, the end where guests enter will have plates, and then move onto the salad, side dishes, entrees and then dessert at the far end of the tables.
A traditional buffet style works well if you have a small to moderate crowd. If you have a large crowd, you can start to have a backup with lines forming.
Open Space Buffet
In an open space buffet, the set up is very different. Each of your kitchen tables would be set up individually in various areas. Each of the tables would have a different purpose. For example, the first table may have rolls and butter, fruits, veggies and cheese offerings. The next of the kitchen tables may have your side dishes or one side dish and an entrée (if you have a few of these kitchen tables set up). The third table would hold the dessert offerings. At each table you need to have plates and silverware so people can always have what they need.
If you have a lot of people in your home for a New Years Party, this is a great way to go as they can split up and there will not be too long of lines at any one location.
Most homes are split into sections. There is a definite kitchen section, living room, dining room, etc. If you are one with an open floor plan, you are one step up on most people. If not, you will need to think of using décor throughout all of these spaces that ties them together and lets people know that all sections of the house are a part of the party.
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