I’m just going to say it. Your party venue is too big. Trust me.
It doesn’t matter where you’re throwing your event– it’s probably too big. In my experience planning and hosting parties, I’ve never come across an event space too small. In fact, most of the time there’s excess space.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, there’s plenty of party science behind gathering guests into small spaces. For starters, eventing in an extra-large venue comes with problems to match. Added size results in trickier lighting setups and more expensive decor, not to mention the fact that without appropriate sound equipment, your acoustics may suffer.
But the best argument for hosting a smaller event? Engagement.
With extra-big events, guest intimacy gets lost in the scale, and before you know it, your space starts to sap your party of that intangible buzz you worked so tirelessly to cultivate. Live events are among the few occasions in our culture of smartphones, tablets and noise-cancelling headphones where people have voluntarily signed up to engage meaningfully with other real-life humans. Spreading them out just provides an out clause for communication.
A crowded room not only strokes ego–it fans FOMO. The other words, we love feeling popular and we hate missing out. The more packed your party seems, the more self-assured your guests will feel. And if you stage spaces smartly, you can build anticipation throughout the duration of the event and encourage exploration and design delight.
The goal is to make your main event feel more like a take-the-back-entrance super-exclusive word-of-mouth after party. And Bizbash agrees. Here are some of my time-tested tricks for small-space parties. Try them out. Downsizing is more fun than you think.