If you’re considering hosting a party or gathering at your home but worried about limited space, there are several ways you can overcome. Making a small space work for a big crowd can be a little challenging, but it is doable. Try these tips to get started!
The party is where the food and drinks are
Everyone ends up congregating by the food and drinks, so maximize your small space by spreading out your serving areas. Consider putting drinks toward the back of your home, so you don’t create a bottleneck by the front door for guests just joining the fun. Rather than having a large bar with multiple drink options, consider serving a signature cocktail in a self-service dispenser with stacks of glasses alongside it. You can also set up pitchers or dispensers in multiple areas throughout your home to spread people out and maximize space.
Think about whether you’re able to utilize any outdoor space for your gathering. You could also set up your bar near an open window, so drinks can be served quickly to both indoor and outdoor guests. For food service, you can serve hearty appetizers in one room, cold appetizers in another and desserts in the kitchen. This reduces build up in any one room, while forcing people to move around the space.
Look up for extra serving space, literally. Stackable and tiered serving trays allow you to take advantage of the air space above your flat surfaces. If you want to get extra creative, remove books and knick-knacks from your bookshelves and turn these areas into makeshift bars and appetizer stations as well. You can also maximize space by serving certain foods. Finger foods and skewered items are a great option because they don’t require large plates or utensils. Having soup? Ladle it into a mug.
Seating is essential to throwing a great party
While it’s great fun to stand, mix and mingle, or maybe even dance, eventually most people want a place to sit down and rest their feet. In a small space, it’s imperative to maximize every square inch you have, especially when it comes to places to sit and surfaces to serve on.
Temporarily remove accent pillows on furniture, home décor items on end tables, and small appliances on kitchen countertops. Push furniture to the outside edges of a room, potentially remove an extremely bulky coffee table and make room to bring in additional folding chairs or ottomans to sit on.
To further reduce clutter, designate a room in your home for coats and handbags, so they aren’t left piled up on the couch.
To keep your space looking beautiful even while you are removing a lot of your favorite home décor items, again think about the area above you. Hang decorations from the walls and ceiling. Add candles and music for ambiance, and perhaps even use your TV to display fun photos or a cozy, crackling fireplace scene.
a kitchen remodel can also help you maximize space
Making a small space work for a big crowd can be made easier with a kitchen remodel. Adding storage space through cabinets or shelves and using light colors to visually expand your small kitchen are just a few remodel ideas that can help.DREAM IT. DESIGN IT. LIVE IT. | Kitchen & Bath Center