Post # 1
We are planning a casual reception in the backyard for a large group (~150-200 guests.) There is plenty of room in the yard for the people to mingle, however there is not enough room to seat everyone at banquet tables. We will either have BBQ or have catering from a local taco shop, so it will not be a traditional sit down dinner, but more like a big party.
Does anyone have any suggestions for alternatives to large tables with seating arrangements for every guest, etc? Would it be ok to provide enough chairs for everyone to sit if they want and maybe smaller tables for people to at least place their drinks on, etc?
Post # 3
You could do that. Place some benches around. Get the high cocktail tables so people can stand and mingle and have a place for their drinks. You’ll still want some places for people to sit traditionally at a table (especially for the younger and older guests).
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Oooo, I like the bench idea! I think you’re fine with some cocktail lows and highs, and then maybe a bench area — sorta a spoof on the sofa lounge area at some receptions?
Post # 5
I think you should traditional table seating for at least half of your guests. They don’t have to be long banquet tables – small rounds would work, or even picnic tables! But some place they can truly sit and eat, because many guests will want to do that at some point. Then you can do smaller cocktail tables and some other seating, like clusters of chairs or benches.
Post # 6
I would recommend benches (something a little more comfortable) or cocktail table so people can stand with their food. Sitting in a chair can be a little tricky when eating. Great ideas!