How to host a party in a small, tight space

Your home’s small square footage, awkward layout, or dual-purpose spaces shouldn’t stop you from having the party: even the smallest homes or apartments can host memorable parties with the right planning and coordination.

“Hosting parties in smaller spaces can limit your guest list, planned activities, decor, and entertainment, but you can create impactful intimate gatherings if you use these challenges to your advantage,” says Michiel Perry, Founder of Beautiful southern black. “With limited space, guests are more likely to engage with other attendees and the atmosphere you’ve created for them.” In front, Perry and Shaolin Low of Studio Shaolin offer more tips for getting the most out of every inch.

Decorate with intention

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Get creative when deciding how to light your room and serve your meal. “When space is limited, stick to one- or two-bite finger foods, such as mini crab cakes, deviled eggs, spring rolls and shrimp,” says Perry, who also loves ramekins. single serving for soup rice dishes instead of family. styling service. “Bar carts, tiered pedestals, and even a wall shelf are great ways to display and serve your food.” Next, look up at the ceiling: “Small spaces can feel more immersive, so take advantage of vertical, airy space for decorations and lighting,” says Perry.

Make it feel like home

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Hosts without a basement, attic, or garage may not have enough space to store specialty serving pieces, extra glassware, or enough forks for a crowd, but if disposable isn’t your style, dress up your everyday pieces with festive napkins or drink stirrers. “Dual-duty is the most important tactic if you’re low on storage,” says Low. “Of course, you might not want people using your fine china, but you should feel comfortable handing out your daily servingware, including plates, cups, and utensils.” Perry suggests dual-purpose glassware: “As a Southerner, I like a good monogram,” she says. “Personalized glassware is a great way for guests to keep track of their drinks in a small space and makes a nice party favor.”

Think about your seat

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“If you’re planning on hosting more than a cocktail hour, you need seating for everyone,” says Low. “If your guests are forced to stand all the time, it usually means a shorter party when people are tired.” But seating for everyone doesn’t mean a formal table and chairs. Seating depends on guests and their abilities; having proper chairs is ideal, but pillows, blankets and cushions can be great alternatives for seating when space is limited,” says Perry. Low also points out that your guests will often find a place to sit, whether you provide one or not: “If you have sturdy furniture, end tables, coffee tables, you’ll be surprised how many people will simply slump over it. .”

Change your space

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Rearranging furniture can give your guests a little more leeway and improve the flow of your layout; try pushing your dining table against the wall to serve as a buffet or moving the chairs away from the counter to direct guests away from your workspace. “The biggest challenge is making sure the house is flowing so people don’t feel like they’re piled on top of each other like sardines!” Low said. “Create vignettes where people will congregate and regroup. When you socialize, people want to be together, so make sure you have at least four seats so everyone can enjoy it.

Be a thoughtful host

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Whether you are hosted in an apartment, a studio or a garden, your hosting duties do not change. “Don’t neglect atmosphere when hosting in small spaces, whether you’re creating a theme through your glassware or setting the mood with lighting and music,” says Perry. “Be sure to engage all of your guests and keep the space tidy of trash and empty dishes. If you don’t have direct access to remove dishes, store them in a basket with a decorative lid or a container hidden under a tablecloth.

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