Has the size of your apartment held you back from hosting a party? Don't let close quarters stop you from throwing an amazing get-together for your friends and family. With a little strategy and pre-party preparation, entertaining a large group of guests in your apartment can be much easier than you ever imagined.
Take a look at our favourite tips for hosting an amazing party in a small space below:
Keep the Decorations Simple
Resist the temptation to go overboard with decorations in an effort to disguise your small space as this will likely have the opposite effect. Opt for a single flower or candle instead of an overflowing arrangement, or banners instead of balloons. Using wall space for your decorations will not only allow for more space but can make for a great backdrop for all the pictures your guests will take - especially if you use bright pops of colour.
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Designate an Area for Coats, Bags & Shoes
If you have a coat closet make room for your guests' belongings before your party begins. Otherwise, find a space in your apartment that is out of the way. If you are really limited for space you may also want to consider letting your guests keep their shoes on for the party.
Use All the Rooms in Your Apartments
There's no reason to restrict your guests to the living or dining room only. Before the party, clean up your bedroom, kitchen and hallway to turn them into more inviting spaces. An easy way to do this is to place snacks in these areas and try to have inviting seating space if possible.
Create Even More Space
Try pushing larger pieces of furniture against the wall and even placing some pieces in storage. Don't be afraid to get even more creative. Place pillows and blankets on the floor for additional seating. Drape colourful or patterned fabric over speakers or clear off some room on your bookshelf or window ledge to gain additional surfaces for drinks and snacks.
Consider the Flow
Avoid placing a food or drink station in just one area. By placing a variety of appetizers in different locations not only will you encourage your party guests to mix and mingle but you will also avoid having bottlenecks in high traffic areas like the kitchen.
Don't Overlook the Lighting
To make your apartment feel inviting and cozy you must pay attention to the lighting. It's best to avoid harsh overhead lighting and instead opt for low wattage lamps or tea lights. Hanging string lighting is also a trendy and fun way to add a modern decorative twist. Beyond creating a more welcoming atmosphere, warmer lighting can also help to hide any imperfections you may be worried about - like a small stain on a sofa cushion.
Serve Signature Drinks
By featuring one or two signature drinks, you can cut down on the number of bottles that will inevitably be abandoned around your apartment taking up valuable surface real estate. Take this a step further by providing re-useable cups and a fun way to label them. This will help reduce waste as well as clean-up at the end of the night.
Use Your Sink as a Cooler
Limited on fridge and freezer space? Fill your kitchen sink with ice. This makes for a very convenient cooler for bottled drinks such as beer and wine. If you're still short on fridge space, take a look at this helpful blog post on
how to clean your fridge and keep it that way
Keep the Utensils in the Drawer
Finger foods are king when hosting a party in a small space. Your guests will be able to easily enjoy snacks anywhere without the struggle of trying to find a surface to place their plate on. This will also save you clean-up time after the party is over. Here are some classic party finger foods: cheese and crackers, vegetable trays, chips and dip, samosas and other oven appetizers.
Group Similar Foods on a Single Tray
By serving similar foods on a single tray, plate or bowl, you will reduce the number of dishes placed around your apartment and in the sink for clean-up. If you're really limited, another helpful hint to optimize table space is to use tiered serving plates.
Crowdsource Your Playlist
Good background music is a key element to any amazing party, big or small. One of the easiest ways to make sure your guests are having a great time is to ask them to contribute to the playlist. You can do this ahead of the party by sending out a song request list virtually or during the party through the use of an app like Spotify that allows them to drop a song into the line-up.
Keep it Cool
It is important to be mindful of the temperature and the comfort of your guests. A group of people inside of a small apartment can easily cause the air temperature to rise. Add a hot oven to the mix and your apartment can reach sweltering heat in no time. Depending on the time of year, you may want to turn on the A/C or open a window or two to keep it comfortable.
It's all too easy to get bogged down with all the to-dos of being a host, but the whole point of having a party is for both you and your guests to have a great time together. You can reduce potential stress by having the food ready before the party begins. Don't apologize for the small space either - chances are your friends and family really won't mind at all, especially if you've implemented the tips above. Focus on enjoying the company of your guests and your party is guaranteed to be amazing!
Do you have any tips or tricks for hosting a party in a small space that we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!