When you are looking for home plans for your new house, keep in mind your lifestyle and what features of a new home will make entertaining easier and more convenient. If you are planning to do a lot of entertaining outdoors, access to the areas where you will host guests will be an important part of the planning.
Indoor entertaining can be planned for a basement party area or family center with an exterior entrance to eliminate the need for your guests having to go through the main living area to arrive at the destination. Perhaps a lighted walkway from the drive to the entrance will make it more convenient and can be worked into your home plans.
When looking over home plans you will need to make sure your lot will accommodate the outdoor living areas you envision. Thinking about adding a swimming pool in the future or a large yard area for games and gatherings will require a large lot as well as home plans that allow for easy access. You will also want to be considerate to your neighbors, as well as allow for privacy during your parties, by keeping the areas closed off from view.
Then there are the possible legal issues with noise and excessive lights that may disturb close neighbors. They may get upset at having their privacy disturbed, especially if they are not invited to the parties. That is not to say your kids or guests cannot make noise while in the pool, but there will have to be a time limit in order to avoid complaints, or a much larger lot to allow for more privacy.
The best idea for home plans for a lot of entertaining will keep your guests from having to enter the main part of the house. It is a better idea to keep your main home completely separate from the areas for entertaining, which will also help keep the mess confined to one area of your home.