Q. We are having a company business party and are not sure how we should have the seating arrangements. Some people want the executives to sit at each table and others believe it should be up to the employees and their guests/spouses. Are there etiquette rules for company business parties when there are 100 or so people?
A. You have two choices – not to have place cards and formal seatings, or to do so, doing seating plans to “disperse” people according to how you think they should be seated. Neither is incorrect, but for a social business party it shouldn’t be necessary to do a seating chart or attempt to seat people by department, friendship level, status, etc. Everyone can find his/her way to a table and you will find that they mix and match themselves fairly nicely.