The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re planning on throwing a holiday party for your family and friends, you’ll want to make sure you have the best room arrangement possible. Here are some holiday party ideas for making the most of your space.

Consider the Guest List

When you’re throwing a holiday party, the first thing you need to consider before rearranging your furniture is the guest list. Throwing a party for 10 is different than throwing a party for 30, and adult-only parties will have different considerations than family events. Once you have a solid idea of who is coming, then you can figure out the specifics of your dining room and living room arrangements.

Figure Out Logistics

Before you arrange your furniture for your holiday party, you’ll want to consider the logistics of the evening. Is dinner your number one priority? Will gift giving be the main event? Are people bringing their own dishes? What are you serving for appetizers, dinner, and dessert? What kind of drinks will you be serving?

Consider the Flow

This step separates the professional party planners from the amateurs. Once you’ve figured out the logistics, you can arrange your furniture with flow in mind. In addition to making sure people have a clear path to walk, this entails placing furniture, food, and beverage stations in such a way that people will naturally move through the party in a logical way. By putting popular stations away from chaotic spaces like the kitchen, you can keep people spaced out and out of high-traffic areas.

Create Multiple Seating Areas

While creating multiple seating areas helps keep people spread out, it has the added benefit of allowing people to have more intimate conversations. Sectional sofas naturally create a segmented seating area and adding a secondary seating area with loveseats and accent chairs can help keep conversations audible for everyone involved.

Utilize and Repurpose Furniture

When throwing a holiday party, it’s important to utilize every piece of living room and dining room furniture you have, even if you’re repurposing it for a different function than it’s intended. You might, for example, use a coffee table as a kids table for your youngest party guests. Or you may end up using a credenza as a makeshift cocktail table.

Remove Extra Furniture

Does your living room layout include a beautiful conversation piece you picked up during your travels? Your holiday party might not be the best place to display it. Remember, you want the space to be as functional as possible, which might mean putting large or unproductive pieces of furniture into temporary storage.

Use a Furniture Arrangement Tool

Rearranging furniture can be heavy and time-consuming, and if you’re not sure exactly how you want your furniture arranged, you might consider starting with our free furniture arrangement tool. That way, you can see how different living room arrangements look before actually moving the heavy furniture.

 

Before the big event, be sure to check out our holiday hosting furniture guide. You can also check out our interior design blog for more information on upgrading your dining room for the holidays and sprucing up your guestroom for holiday houseguests.

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Coffee tables serve many purposes. Not only are they a functional surface for placing beverages and reading material, but they can also be a stylish piece of home décor. Whether you’re looking for a fashionable statement piece or a more functional table with storage capabilities, one of these five coffee tables could be the piece of furniture that ties your entire living room together.

Arboles Round Glass Top Coffee Table

Modern Round Glass Coffee Table

This unique coffee table pairs rustic charm with a modern sensibility. Because of the natural elements, each coffee table has slightly different dimensions, which means each piece is distinct and original. With its natural wooden base and its round, glass top, this coffee table makes a statement.

Chloe Rectangular Coffee Table

Chloe Rectangular Coffee Table

Looking for a modern coffee table to match your interior design style? This affordable coffee table has that mid-century modern feel. Plus, the storage shelf gives you plenty of room to store trinkets, books, laptops, remote controls, and anything else you’d like to have nearby while you lounge on the couch.

Trisha Yearwood Georgia Rain Coffee Table

The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection features living room furniture that’s simple, casual, and well-crafted. Finding a coffee table with storage can be tough, but this wooden coffee table comes with two storage drawers and an open storage shelf.  Plus, the unique lattice-like open woodwork adds an element of fun.

Magnolia Manor Coffee Table

Magnolia Manor Coffee Table

The Magnolia Home Collection features furniture that pairs country charm with more traditional style. This small coffee table features a storage drawer, lower storage shelf, and a distressed wood surface. You’ll love the antique white finish and detailed table legs.

Gables Round Coffee Table

Is your interior design style a little more traditional? This traditional coffee table draws inspiration from the finest Italian art and architecture. You’ll love the okoume, mahogany, and avidore veneers, as well as the perfectly detailed ornamentation.

 

If you’re reimagining your living room, you’ll want to visit one of the 11 Star Furniture stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Bryan, Texas. Not only can our in-store interior designers help you find the perfect home décor, but our interior design blog can help you discover sectional sofas in every price range, pet-proof furniture ideas, Feng Shui furniture arrangement basics, and more. Come see us soon!

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Did you know that Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year? We don’t think it’s fair to only have one day to save, so we’re offering special savings all week, and extended store hours this weekend at our eleven Star Furniture & Mattress stores.

At the Star Furniture Black Friday Furniture Sale, you’ll save 20-60% on everything in the store, and have the opportunity to receive special financing and gifts with your purchase.

Read on to see some of our favorite Black Friday deals:

Albany Sofa

Albany Tan Sofa

The Albany Sofa (pictured left, in truffle) is one of our best Black Friday deals ever. It features elegance, comfort, and the soft touch of chenille fabric.

Hosting a holiday party this year? Add the Albany loveseat (pictured right), and provide extra space for your guests to relax while you entertain. Both the Albany sofa and loveseat are on sale for Black Friday, right now.

Grandover Leather Sofa

Grandover Dark Leather Sofa

Prefer leather to fabric on your couch? Then don’t miss the Grandover Leather Sofa, which is upholstered in 100% genuine leather. Use this couch to wow guests in your living room, family room, or to provide additional (and comfortable) seating in your man-cave or study.

Kenan Leather Power Recliner

Dark Leather Recliner

Black Friday deals continue on genuine leather, with the Kenan Leather Power Recliner. This recliner features 100% genuine leather everywhere the body touches, a USB charging port, and a one touch power recline feature.

Marlene 5-Piece Dining Set

Dining Table with Blue Velvet Chairs

Thinking about sprucing up your dining room before the holidays?  This 5-piece dining set features a round wooden table and four sturdy chairs, complete with beautiful blue velvet cushions.

Tempur-Luxe Adapt Firm Low Profile Queen Mattress Set

Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Mattress

Whether you’re upgrading your guest room or buying a new mattress for yourself, you can’t go wrong with this firm memory foam mattress from Tempur-Pedic. Not only does it have pressure relieving power and superior motion cancellation, but it also comes with a dual cover system to help keep you comfortable through the night.

This mattress as well as many others have special Black Friday only savings. See how much you can save on furniture and mattresses in our Black Friday flyer.

While you’re shopping our Black Friday Furniture Sale, you can also make the most of our year-round perks, like complimentary interior design services from our team of home design experts. You can even use our free room planner tool to help you visualize the room of your dreams without the hassle of moving heavy furniture pieces. Stop by today and start saving!

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Looking for storage solutions that don’t sacrifice style? This functional storage furniture can help decrease household clutter while still contributing to your home décor.

Modern Quartz Brinkley Credenza

Modern Credenza Living Room

Does your interior design style favor modern home furniture? This two-toned credenza features four doors, two adjustable shelves, and one tray door, making it the perfect living room storage cabinet for your modern living room.

Plank Road Rockland Hutch & Buffet

Dining Hutch and Buffet Cabinet

This rustic sideboard buffet and hutch comes with plenty of dining room storage. The buffet features four doors, two drawers, adjustable wood shelves, and a silverware tray, and the hutch comes with four adjustable tempered glass shelves, two can lights, and a mirrored back panel for an extra splash of style.

Trisha Yearwood Coming Home 3-Piece Kitchen Island Dining Set

Trisha Yearwood Kitchen Island Dining

Whether you’re short on kitchen cabinets or simply looking for small kitchen ideas, this kitchen island dining set from the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection can help with all of your kitchen storage needs. The kitchen island comes with two fixed shelves, two drawers, and a towel rack. Plus, its farmhouse-inspired charm is sure to add something to your interior design.

Gabriella Armoire

Gabrielle Bedroom Armoire with Mirror

Especially when you have kids, it can be hard to keep your house clutter-free but choosing the right storage furniture can make it easier. This large armoire comes complete with a corkboard and felt-lined storage box, four interior drawers, and adjustable shelves. Designed with safety, functionality, and style in mind, this traditional armoire is the perfect fit for your child’s bedroom.

Eureka Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

Love the mid-century modern and industrial-style interior design trends? This wooden coffee table features one storage drawer, two open shelves, and a beautiful grey wash finish. Not only will it contribute to your living room storage, but it’s also a stylish piece of home décor.

If you’re looking for traditional, transitional, casual, rustic, or modern furniture in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Bryan, Texas, head to a Star Furniture store today. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog to explore everything from the best sectional sofas in every price range to how to take care of your new mattress.

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