Entertaining in a small space creates a fun, casual, and intimate atmosphere that I love. Although it can be a little bit of a challenge, small space parties are completely doable with a few tips to help you along the way.
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1. Rearrange Furniture
If you are like me then at this moment your living room is probably set-up for prime TV watching. But you most likely won't be watching a lot of TV when you are hosting a party. So rearrange your furniture to be more conducive to conversation, eating, and drinking. Don't worry about blocking furniture like bookshelves that won't be used while you are entertaining.
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2. Repurpose Furniture
Repurpose your furniture to better serve the party. The top of a low bookcase can be cleared off and turned into a bar, or your desk transform into a buffet
3. Remove Unnecessary Items
Things like TV's, desktop computers, and printers probably won't be used at a party. Store them in your bedroom for the night and free up valuable surface space for food and drinks. The same goes for any unnecessary accessories or small furniture pieces.
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4. Bring In Extra Seating
Make sure you have enough seating for everyone. Rent a few folding chairs or borrow some from a friend, and toss some soft cushions on the floor.
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5. Go Outdoors
If you have any kind of outdoor space like a balcony or patio, extend the party outdoors. If it is cold out a small outdoor heater will easily warm the space up.
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6. Serve Finger Foods
Skip the sit down dinner and serve finger foods so people can easily snack and mingle.
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7. Have A Signature Cocktail
Instead of making space for a full bar, serve one or two cocktails that you can pre mix in a pitcher.
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8. Use Tiered Serving Dishes
Tiered stands are a great space-saving option for serving food in a small area.