Photo from Jonathan Adler.
Happy Friday, friends! If you’ve been following our blog you know that our goal is to make your next event (and your life leading up to the event) extraordinary. We hope to shed some light on details that you may not have thought of. One overlooked and underutilized element that I love is the lounge.
So what is the purpose of a lounge at an event? To facilitate ease of conversation. To provide a bit of a rest or escape from dance-mania. To have a place to catch up with an old friend. These are all great reasons. Another can be that they can be really beautiful.
Here are a few tips on building your lounge area:
1. Find inspiration from permanent lounge and lobby areas. My favorite place to get inspiration? Hotels. The best part is that you can find images all over the internet. Google is your friend. For a formal look, go toward the fancier hotels. For more trendy, look at the boutique hotels. If you’re looking for a more casual look, you can look at lodge-style hotels or any hotel’s outdoor, beach, or poolside lounge areas. What types of furniture do they use? How do they help with easy conversation, or multiple conversations?
2. Bring the indoors outside, or bring the outdoors in. Planning an outdoor event? Don’t be afraid to bring interior items outside. Couches, lamps, etc. Unexpected and memorable. Conversely, you can also bring the outdoors in. If your event is inside, don’t be afraid to add lots plants, flowers and greenery.
3. Decide whether you will rent, buy or borrow items to build your lounge area. If you are already renting items for your event, your rental company may have more comfortable furniture for rent as well and may be able to help you piece together a lovely lounge. Or you could skip the extra expense and use pieces that you already have. First, make sure you’re okay with moving them and having them being well-used for your day. For example, if you have a comfy patio set, you can incorporate that into your lounge. Seating is key, but make sure you have plenty of surfaces (for drinks and snacks) as well. You can also be creative. A table can be a table, but so can an overturned barrel or an old trunk. Seating can be couches, rocking chairs, poufs, or ottomans. Beanbags? Benches? Sure!
4. Separate it a little from the noise. You want to make talking easy, but keep the area as part of the event. You can separate your lounge by keeping it away from the dance floor. You can also add some curtains or another kind of divider to define the space more clearly.
5. Dress it up. Add throw pillows – a lot of them – for comfort, color and pattern. Flowers. Bowls of pretty snacks (snacks are very important). Then, light it up. Add candles on tables, lanterns, lamps. Hang a chandelier overhead. The possibilities are endless.
Are you having a lounge area at your next event? Tell me about it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.