My guilty pleasure is two garbage shows: The Real Housewives of New York and Jersey Shore. Not that I need to justify my love of this trash but the latter I watched with my roommates in college when it aired so it will always have a place in my heart.
On both these shows there’s been fighting so subsequently people try to be smart and make place cards and they’re ALWAYS the wrong approach. I’ve been to so many meals with 6+ people at the table. You cannot speak to everyone but here’s the trick: seat the people fighting on the same side. Yes obviously have others sit between them but it’s not possible at a crowded table to speak to someone you’re mad at if they’re on the same side. And on opposite sides, even at separate corners, runs the risk of awkward eye contact.
Trust me. I know firsthand what it’s like to have to navigate situations professionally around people you don’t likw.