While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about using place cards, arranged seating can help keep awkward situations at bay. Read: Do you really want the introvert and the politico seated next to one another?
For formal gatherings, it’s appropriate to use place cards for parties larger than four. If you prefer to keep things more casual, give verbal seating instructions to groups of up to eight—just be prepared to bend a little if guests don’t follow your directions.
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