Wednesday How to Handle Extra Guests

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This week T. Lu writes:
"I often hold small gatherings in my apartment with a limited number of guests, due to a lack of seating, but when someone wants to bring an additional guest, I just can't say no. How do I accommodate more people with limited seating?"

Dear T:

This situation reminds me of a certain dinner party Mary Richards had...
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She made some big blunders that added up to big laughs, but could have been avoided. Here's how you can keep from following in her footsteps.

Keep a comfortable cushion to your guest list. Inviting few enough people to have room to accommodate an unexpected tag-along will solve the problem of lack of seats.

Serve buffet style and you'll be able to take care of that extra guest without having to worry about an extra seat at your table.

If you don't have enough seating in your living room, floor cushions will take care of extra guests, and give your affair a relaxed casual feel.

Being flexible when entertaining will help you surmount the problems that arise with ease and grace. Enjoy!

Why didn't you think of that?



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Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.

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The pilot for the original show was produced in 1996. The show debuted on Manhattan Neighborhood Network on January 1, 1998, and aired for 5 years featuring tips, recipes, entertaining ideas, craft projects, home renovation and interior design schemes. It was produced by Sander's production company V.R.U.S.P. Inc. and directed by Sander's mother, Mary Jane Wells.

In 2001 Sander was contacted by Amy Briamonte, east coast director of development for west coast based Termite Art Productions (now Creative Differences Productions). Briamonte and Sander developed a pitch for the show for the Bravo network and received an order for a pilot. The pilot was produced in the summer of 2002 for a show titled Charming, Needs Work. The premise for the show was Maxwell lived in an apartment that she redecorated every week. After Bravo passed on the show Briamonte, Sander and Termite Art pitched it to Stephen Schwartz and Heather Moran, newly named VP's of programming for the Style network. The pitch resulted in an order for a 13-episode season.

The first season of The Brini Maxwell Show for the Style network was taped in the summer of 2003 with studio production taking place on the main stage at Unitel Studios on west 57th St. in New York City. Location shoots for the season were taped over a period of 6 months in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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