Wednesday, May 18 2016
If in the smallest of homes, you can still be the ultimate party host with these tips and tricks for when you throw your next get-together.
There’s a misconception out there: if you have a small place, it can be difficult to host parties (dinner or otherwise) because there just doesn’t seem like there will be enough room for everyone. If you organize your home in the right way and become efficient by using every inch that’s available, you’ll find that you can host an incredible bash in your humble abode!
Tips and Tricks to Entertain in a Small Home
Clean it up!
Get rid of the clutter and put non-essentials out of sight – stash it in closets, under your bed, or even at a neighbor’s (if they
don’t mind). Clean up the rest – your bathroom should be spotless, your furniture dust-free, and your floors vacuumed or
swept and mopped. A clean and un-cluttered space always looks and feels bigger and is more welcoming to your guests.
Create traffic flow and places to gather
Move furniture so there are clear walkways to avoid traffic congestion. Organize “stations” for drinks, the main meal and
desserts and make sure these are centralized in different areas to give people places to congregate and connect. Make it
easy for guests to get what they need – keep cocktail essentials stocked at the bar, plates and flatware at the buffet, and
desserts at a separate table.
Make the Most of Every Available Inch of Space
In every small home, efficient use of space matters. In the kitchen, you will need to utilize all the counter space – clear counter
tops by putting small appliances and other items away in the cupboards. In the living room, clear the coffee table and place
side tables around the room for extra surface areas. Set out a few folding chairs or floor cushions to make sure everyone has a
comfortable place to sit.
Add Welcoming Ambiance
Put up decorative strands of twinkling lights to create a festive mood. Use your best tableware and linens and add small flower
arrangements throughout the rooms. Place chilled beverages in a large tub full of ice, have fun tunes playing in the
background, but most of all relax and enjoy time with your guests!
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