Make sure you have six feet between your silent auction tables (to give guests room to walk around each other).

If you have limited choices of beverages (for example, a dark beer, a light beer, one red wine and one white wine) consider having them can be passed by waitstaff so guests don’t have to leave the bidding area to stand in line at a bar.

If you do have bars make sure they are in the same room and easily accessible from the silent auction displays.

Take a cue from them by placing your silent auction tables carefully, and making sure that you don’t distract your guests from the task at hand.

As soon as you have booked your venue start creating a floor plan and imagine walking through it.

Marketing auction items at the event means making sure potential bidders have the information they need to understand what they are bidding on.

For silent auction items (especially gift certificates or services) make sure the value, location of where the certificate will be used, any restrictions and expiration dates are clearly stated for each item when you enter it in your School™ database.

During the silent auction bidding is not the time to scrimp on number of bars and bartenders.

Caterers often recommend having one bar per 100 guests, but if you have space available to have more, do it.

After you’re done setting up the room and before the guests are scheduled to arrive, have someone who didn’t help with set up walk through the room to be sure they can quickly and easily figure out which bid sheets go with which items.

I once attend an auction that had a week at beautiful vacation house in the silent auction and only one person bidding on it – I suspect that was the one person in the room who knew where the house was located because there was nothing on the bid sheet or display to tell the rest of us.

Set up a station where guests can get water, coffee and/or soft drinks without standing in line.