Taking Your Guests to Bed

February 26, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

Posted 02.26.01
If chairs seems so last century to you, this trend might be what you're looking for to make your next event stand out. According to The New York Times, the newest restaurant trend is bed seating: Instead of tables and chairs, guests get only a sheet-covered mattress and maybe some pillows and a tray for food. The trend originated in Amsterdam and has gained popularity in the states by way of Miami, where the hottest bed-seating venue is BED (short for “Beverages, Entertaining, Dining"). New Yorkers will get their own TriBeCa branch of BED in May. (In the meantime, Rande Gerber's Underbar in the W New York in Union Square, the Hudson Hotel courtyard and the APT lounge in the meatpacking district all have varying amounts of bed seating.)

For special events, bed seating is just another example of the alternative seating trend (something we included in our Event Trends of 2000 special report). Putting guests to bed is a cool twist on the not-enough-places-to-sit problem: One king-size bed can accomodate several people comfortably, barring any guests with hang-ups about sharing a bed with strangers. As for special precautions, stick to solid finger foods (no soups), and have extra sets of sheets on hand to remove traces of an hors d'oeuvres accident.

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