It’s almost the weekend and you would like to host a small gathering of friends. You’re menu is ready but there still remains one problem…your apartment is really small. How ever are you going to entertain guests, display food and sit everyone comfortably? Before you pass out, take a deep breath and relax. There are a few ways to work with your space confinements while hosting the perfect dinner party. From simple decorating tips, to space saving ideas and hosting tricks, we have five ideas that will transform your party.
Tip#1: – Find a Consistent Theme and Stick to It!
This rule not only applies to design, but also entertaining. Nothing screams disaster more than an interior that is all over the place in color palette and décor. If your furniture collection (sofa, settee, accent chairs) doesn’t match, pull it all together with a consistent theme. Use the same decorative pillows and/or throw on each major piece for unity. You can also tie everything together with inexpensive wall art that share commonalities.
Tip#2: – Map Your Layout
Depending on how many guests you have, you may want to rearrange your layout.
Too Much Furniture? If you can, try to remove excess pieces as your small room will appear cluttered. Open the space by widening the area your furniture encompasses. Decided which items can seat the most guests and use them in your hosting space.
Too Little Furniture? Sometimes you must work with what you have. If you are expecting six people and only have a three-seat sofa, it is time to improvise. Try turning the sofa to face your dining table allowing for ample space in between (you don’t want it directly against the table). Take each of your dining chairs and line them up in a row on the side that is facing the sofa. Not only will you have more face-to-face conversations, but you have now created a partition to the food (you can change the meals in secret).
Tip#3: – Use Your Kitchen Wisely
Will you serve food from the kitchen, or have guests serve themselves? If you answered the kitchen then you definitely need to open up your layout (see tip#2). Otherwise, your conversation will constantly be broken by the distraction of guests getting up and sitting down. Have a friend assist you in handing out meals if you are short on seating and want to keep guests in a specific area. This will not only keep the chatter going, but will give your guests a little white cloth service. Extra tip: Moving carts with wheels are your bff in entertaining. Simply load them up with edible goodies and roll it out to your guests.
Tip#4: – Utilize Your Wall Space
Are your coffee and accent tables so low that you get back aches from grabbing chips and dip? Why make your guests work when you can make your walls work for you? Utilize your bare walls by adding shelving units (you can use them for books and display pieces later). Now you don’t have to get crazy, but try using a few shelves and space them out evenly. Believe it or not, these can be wonderful dumb waiters that display mini-plated treats around the room. By placing food around your space, you will make your interior more interactive vs. hanging out in one area.
Tip#5: Leave the Fanciness to the Restaurants
There is no need to overheat your home with a hot over stuffed with intricate entrees. Enjoy an evening of small fares with wine, cheese and tapas (optional). When you keep your event simple, you as host/hostess can enjoy your evening with guests without constantly having to head into the kitchen. Another option is to order in your favorite cuisine. Just hide the delivery/carry out boxes and serve them up on your own plates.
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