Holiday Entertaining and the Bean Bag Chair

A woman relaxing on a green bean bag chair.

Bean bag chairs are a staple of many family homes these days, just as they were thirty years ago. But, today, the bean bag chairs on the market barely resemble those of yore and more people are incorporating them in their decorating plans than ever before. In fact, if you’re going to host guests over the holidays, you can actually incorporate your best bean bag chairs in your entertainment plans.

Gaming Area

Children love to play games, whether they’re board games or video games. Either way, they need to have a comfortable place to sit while they play. Arrange your bean bag chairs around a gaming table or gaming console to give your younger guests a gaming area to keep them entertained until it’s time to eat or open presents. There are high-end bean bags available that can handle excited children without splitting open when they’re jumped on, and they usually come with a washable cover as well, for those moments when a gamer gets a little too animated during an online battle and spills their drink.

Cozy Socializing Area

Another fun way to use bean bag chairs during a holiday get-together is to create a cozy area for socializing. If you have a fireplace in your home, place the bean bag chairs near the fireplace (but not too close!) and encourage guests to sit and chat with others. Arrange the chairs in a semi-circle and include a small table or two nearby for drinks. Guests can pass the time before the meal catching up with each other while seated comfortably around a roaring fire.

Calm-Down Area

As you know, the holidays can be extremely stimulating for young children. Sometimes, they can experience a meltdown when the environment gets too overwhelming. Fortunately, most high-end bean bag chairs are filled with polystyrene microbeads, which provide comforting support to anyone who sits on them. If a child gets cranky, have them sit in a bean bag in the calm-down area until they’re ready to rejoin the fun. This isn’t really a time out, but instead a comfortable way to calm their anxiety and reset their balance. 

Holiday Movie and Dessert

There’s nothing better than ending a day during the holidays with a fun movie and a delicious dessert. Spread out your bean bag chairs on the floor in front of the television and encourage your guests to lounge out while eating something sweet (like pie, ice cream, or cookies) and watching a family-friendly holiday film. Some suggestions for movies are Elf, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, but there are many others that are just as good. Make this a tradition and your guests will look forward to it all year long.

The Children’s Table

Studies have shown that children tend to sit still for a longer period of time if they’re seated in a comfortable chair. By having bean bag chairs at the children’s table, your younger guests are more likely to stay seated at the table while the adults finish their meal elsewhere. While this isn’t a guarantee, it’s always a good idea to provide the best environment possible for kids during the holidays. You’ll at least minimize the possibility of issues arising.


Entertaining for the holidays can be stressful, but it can also be fun, especially if you get a little creative in how you use your existing furniture like your bean bag chairs. Your guests will find the use of bean bag chairs fun and unique, ensuring they’ll remember your party for years to come.

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