Organising a small gathering – keeping it safe and stylish

With restrictions lifting, organising a small gathering is now possible! Of course, you want to ensure that the event is socially distanced and safe, but this doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on design and decor. Instead, be clever with how you design your event – use tables to maintain distancing, or spread out chairs to keep people spread out, and source a caterer that can offer individual meals or nibbles for guests. 

It’s been a while since people have had events to attend, so now’s your time to pull out all the stops and host an event that will wow your guests. There are a few new hurdles to navigate, so we’re going to get you started with a guide on safe event planning and how to keep it socially distanced yet stylish.


The importance of invites

Will your guests need to wear a mask? Will there be a one way system? How will food and drinks be distributed? These are all questions that your guests will be wanting answers to, so make sure to address all of the important information on the invite. This way, guests can prepare and take any precautions they may need. 

Furniture at a small gathering


Use furniture to maintain distance

Make sure chairs are spread out as they should be, use tables to socially distance the space – Juno Hire have a selection of large tables available to hire that are ideal for seating guests at a social such as the Outdoor Dining Combo or Oktoberfest Table and Bench, and ensure that the bar area is safe – for instance, you could have pre-poured cocktails for guests to take from the bar, to avoid queues and waiting around.


Signs are your best friend

Keep things clear and helpful by using signs so that your guests know what’s what. Signs are essential to safe event planning in order to keep your guests safe, but this doesn’t mean you can’t create your own signage that keeps to your brand image, colours and theme. Get creative and make your small, socially distanced event safe and stylish!


Small gathering signage


Food and drink safety

Food wise, sharing platters and buffets are a no go at the moment. Instead, caterers are offering individual lunches and grazing boxes for guests to enjoy – so no need to cut out the food! As for drinks, create a bar space that has the capacity to display pre-poured drinks that guests can simply pick up and takeaway. Our bar selection fits any theme. If you are looking for something different at your venue to really impress your guests, Juno Hire can supply and install some of the most stylish and impressive bespoke bars. 


Drinks served safely at a small gathering


Don’t scrimp on the decor

Just because the event is small, doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on decor. Think floral arrangements, table decorations, lighting, anything that will create a space that is unique to you and that will wow your guests. After all, people haven’t attended events in awhile, so this is your time to impress! 


Navigating the restrictions in place is a bit of a puzzle, but organising a small gathering shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Simply, take your event outdoors or find a space large enough to ensure social distancing, pop on a mask and your guests are sure to have a good time!



Juno Hire provides bespoke, design-led, high-quality bar,  furniture, and armchairs for hire for promotional event planning, pop up shops, events,  functions, parties, photoshoots or organising a small gathering. We currently offer our furniture hire services in London and surrounding areas. Get in touch at [email protected].