Party Seating & Table Arrangement Guide

Party Seating and Space Information

  • Cocktail Parties (stand up) 5 to 6 sq ft / person
  • Cocktail Parties (some seated) 8 sq ft / person
  • Reception, Tea type (some seated) 8 sq ft / person
  • Dinner, using oblong tables 10 sq ft / person
  • Dinner, using round tables of ten 12 sq ft / person
  • Cathedral seating (seating in rows) 6 sq ft / person
  • Dance area 4 to 6 sq ft / person

Seating Guide

To determine the number of people your room or tent will accommodate, divide the area of the space (square footage) by the following numbers based on type of seating:

  • Banquet Style Seating 10
  • Classroom Style Seating 8
  • Theatre Style Seating 6

For example, in a 400 sq. ft. tent you can accommodate the following number of persons:

  • Banquet Style Seating (400 sq ft / 10) = 40 guests
  • Cocktail Parties (some seated) (400 sq ft / 8) = 50 guests
  • Reception, Tea type (some seated) (400 sq ft / 6) = 66 guests

Banquet Style Table & Chair Spacing

Round

Aside from the main traffic areas, allow 54″ between round tables for chair and service space. This permits 24″ service space behind 18″ chair depth.

Oblong

Aside from the main traffic areas, allow 60″ between oblong tables where seating is back-to-back. This permits 24″ service space behind 18″ chair depth.

Layouts

Oval Look

4 – Serpentine Cloths
4 – Serpentine Tables
2 – 6′ Tables
2 – 54″ X 120″ Cloths
4 – 13′ Skirts
2 – 8′ Skirts

Round Table

1 – 4′ or 5′ Round Table
1 – 90″ Round Cloth
2 – 8′ Skirt

Serpentine Round

4 – Serpentine Tables
4 – Serpentine Cloths
1 – 13′ Skirts
2 – 8′ Skirts

Serpentine

3 – Serpentine Tables
3 – Serpentine Cloths
2 – 4′ Round Tables
2 – 90″ Round Cloths
3 – 13′ Skirts
1 – 8′ Skirt

Semi-Circle

2 – Serpentine Tables
2 – Serpentine Cloths
2 – 13′ Skirts