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8 Tips for Throwing a Party in a Small Space

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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.

Modern Indoor Baby Shower - Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

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.

Coffee Table Food Styling - Image via Style Me Pretty

Image via Style Me Pretty

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.

Adult Game Night Styling - Image via Almost Makes Perfect

Image via Almost Makes Perfect

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.

Floor Seating Outdoor Party - Image via 100 Layer Cake

Image via 100 Layer Cake

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.

Cocktail Party Finger Foods - Image via Tuulia

Image via Tuulia

6. Serve Finger Foods

Skip the sit down dinner and serve finger foods so people can easily snack and mingle.

Signature Party Cocktail - Image via The Merrythought

Image via The Merrythought

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.  

Tiered Wood Serving Tray - Image via Crate & Barrel

Image via Crate & Barrel

8. Use Tiered Serving Dishes

Tiered stands are a great space-saving option for serving food in a small area.


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