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Social Ease: Interior Design Icebreakers

Have you ever worried about your guests having a good time at your party? Well, of course you have – any good host would! But, have you ever considered how your interior design can help people break the ice?

You might say it all depends on the guests and the party, and that’s definitely true, but at the end of the day people are just people. They want to feel warm and welcome, and they come to parties to connect to one another.

Here are a few tricks that can help that don't require any new cooking or cocktail-making skills.

Get Art Smart  

When people idle they invariably gravitate toward the writing on the wall, so to speak. This tip is less about about buying new art (unless you have none), and more about being able to tell a story about the art, photography or decor you already have.

Everyone enjoys a good story, and your art and décor are conversation starters. You can talk about where you got it, why you have it and what you love about it, which can help break the ice.

Bolster Your Bar Cart

Why worry about your bartending skills when you can leave it to those who know their own tastes best? Think of a bar cart as an invitation for people to make themselves comfortable.

Just make sure your cart is stocked with the essentials (bourbon, vodka, gin and mixers) and you should be set. Tell your guests to help themselves and they can mingle while they mix.

Arrange a Shotgun Start

It’s all about seating. Believe it or not, you can actually have too much. People will try to sit if there’s a chair, and that’s not always a good thing if they’re forced into close quarters when they’re not cozy with one another.

Aim for balance in your seating arrangement. Offer enough for people to congregate, but allow enough room to stand and mingle, and to move in and out of the space if possible.

You might also think about arranging seating in “zones,” but only do so if you expect overflow. Otherwise, you may end up segregating groups according to who knows whom, which may create an unnecessary rift in the soiree.

Have fun with these tips in the upcoming holiday season, and enjoy your next party!  

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