You’ve cooked (or dialed for) a five course, mouthwatering dinner. You set the table with your special-occasion-only silverware and that pretty silk ruffle table cloth. Now, comes the most important part — the seating arrangement. You may or may not know the formality of guest seating such as: a female guest of honor sits to the right of the host, a male to the left of the hostess; keep in mind guests that need to sit together such as mothers and children or people that need assistance; and to mix men and women. However, seating arrangements require more tact and skill that go beyond the conventions.
Here’s some tips to ensure your guests will be bombarding you with requests for the next party:
Keep ‘em chatting: pair people according to their common interests, hobbies and/or professions .
Love at first seat: If you plan on playing matchmaker and sit two single friends together, make sure the couple in question doesn’t catch on.
Personality matters: for guests who are more introverted (or the ones who are surgically attached to their phone and prone to texting/playing Angry Birds all night) seat them next to “the talkers” or by your side.
Give ‘em the runaround: Though you might have chosen your seat at the head of the table or next to your favorite guest, you’re not glued to it. Walk around the table and mingle with each guest.
Avoid a potential disaster with the following tips:
Sit frenemies together.
Sit your gossip friend next to your mother-in-law.
Sit two wall-flowers/two divas together.
Sit the recently divorced close to a bottle of hard liquor.