During your next event, guests should talk and mingle. Whether an attendee’s goal is to get phone numbers, collect business cards, or just exchange some lighthearted banter, setting the right scene that allows conversation to flow freely is very import. But many of those hosting big events feel that a business cocktail party is the right stage to get guests talking. However, this might not always be the case. Instead, Belvedere Events and Banquets say a large seated dinner party is a good alternative to keep things fresh. Here at Fourth Wall Events, we’re well versed in preparing, staging, and initiating formal seated dinner events, but for those who aren’t in the know, Belvedere recommends the following tips: 1. Find the Perfect Venue – Think about whose coming to your event, and be realistic. If you have the slightest doubt your home’s floor plan will struggle to accommodate everyone on the guest list, consider renting out a private room at a local restaurant or in a unique venue. 2. Examine the Floor Plan – Ensure the space fits the event. Cramming too many people in a small space will feel cramped, while a large space with a small number of guests will be uncomfortable. Figure out the best fit and go with it. 3. Select the Perfect Caterer – We recently outlined “10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Caterer”. Stick to our game plan and your guests will be begging for seconds. 4. Don’t Leave it to Chance, Make a Seating Chart – Attention to detail is key. Your primary goal is to spark conversation and possibly networking opportunities between guests. It will require a few drafts, but try to draft a seating chart that will mix and match guests with different backgrounds and make their dining experience more memorable. Need some extra help planning your next seated dinner party? Call in the experts at Fourth Wall Events, we’re happy to help!