When it comes to enjoying the holidays with your family, friends and coworkers, seating matters. Think of your seating not only as a functional piece, but as a useful tool that stirs conversation and complements a hearty feast. The way you arrange your tables, chairs and couches at your social or corporate holiday event helps craft an experience for your guests.
Whether you’re planning a conference or a holiday party, take a look at some of the following ideas, courtesy of one of our favorite event partners, Julie Knowles of AFR Event Furnishings, for some holiday inspiration.
Arranging a Space to Fit Your Holiday Vision
What are the objectives for your holiday gathering or meeting? Maybe you’re interested in maximizing the flexibility of the event space to allow for breakout sessions, networking and dining. If networking is a top priority, use soft seating in casual arrangements. This creates a more welcoming environment than stark square tables and hard chairs.
If you plan to have an audience listen to and engage with a speaker, curved rows would be an ideal choice. When your guests are uncomfortable, they are less likely to pay attention, network or remember information they gained during the event.
Mix and Match
When designing a space, consider style and texture, and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors to create unique vignettes. Many loft-like and industrial venues today are the perfect blank canvas for a variety of strong color palettes such as black leather mixed with metallic accents and custom pillows. Pillows could also serve for some tasteful holiday flair.
Several strategically placed highboys can help transition the space seamlessly to an evening reception or any other type of event that includes delicious food and beverages.
If you have the space, consider using individual vignettes to provide imaginative areas for intimate conversations. Bright colors, casual arrangements and a variety of pieces from different collections can bring a lifestyle vibe to a corporate holiday celebration and evoke conversation and friendship.
Partnering with vendors like AFR Furnishings helps give us the direction and confidence to cater holiday events. Every holiday gathering truly is a team effort, and one of our favorite sights is seeing it all come together—with our happy guests at the center of it all.
To start planning your exciting holiday party, contact our expert event planners today or call us at 847.593.2000.
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