Small Space Entertaining

Small Space Entertaining

Small Space Entertaining

DinnerParty1_11x17.jpgLiving in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t entertain family and friends comfortably. With a bit of thought and preparation, you can host enjoyable gatherings no matter the size of your house or apartment. In a small space a simple approach is best, so take note of these 8 tips to get you up and running in no time.

Un-clutter: Move furniture and large plants to the sides of your rooms to create more floor space. Keep it simple by removing any clutter, knick-knacks, etc. to give a more open feel. Use as much natural light as possible.

Open up: If you have outdoor space like a terrace, patio, deck or small backyard, use it. Leave your patio door open and set-up a seating group or table and chairs to increase space.

Fill it up: If your place will hold 10 people, invite 16-18. It is unusual for every invited guest to be able to attend. Ask for an RSVP to help with your planning.

Be creative: Use floor cushions for extra seating. Utilize end tables, desks, etc. for serving space.

Simplify: If you have a tiny kitchen, prepare easy recipes you can make in advance. Consider purchasing an inexpensive hotplate to use for an extra burner. Fill in your menu with some fantastic purchased food. This will simplify your event and help you to enjoy yourself.

Create food & drink stations: Consider serving drinks and finger foods instead of a sit-down dinner.  Set up Lifetime Personal Folding Tables around your area. The table is incredibly functional for using in small spaces. Another advantage? They fold flat and take up very little storage space.

Use what you have: To accommodate a larger number of guests, consider hosting an open house with staggered times on the invitations or utilize community space like a barbecue area that your apartment or association may have available.

Think vertical: If you have white dishes, use those along with any stemware you may have. Fill some of your stemware with spiced nuts, olives, snacks and place in different areas. Use space-saving tiered serving trays or plate racks. For a sit-down dinner, decorate the dining table in a simple color palette and place small mirrors on the table (from a craft or hardware store) with votive candles. Use additional votive holders to float single flower blooms or citrus slices for an elegant look.

 

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