How to Throw a Stylish Party in a Small Space
A lack of space at home certainly doesn't mean you have to put your desire to host a stylish and fabulous event on hold. If you’re eager to entertain your friends and family but worry your space is just too small, read on for six tips (plus inspiring pics) on how to host a chic soirée in even the coziest of spaces.
You can still host a sit-down dinner even if your small home doesn’t boast a dining table let alone a dining room. Drape a stylish tablecloth over your coffee table or a desk and have your guests gather round either perched on floor cushions or, if you’re using a desk, on regular chairs.
A lack of matching dining chairs should never be a problem when hosting a sit-down event. A combination of folding chairs, long benches, accents chairs and lounge seating works just as well. Just be sure the seat height is relatively consistent so one person doesn’t feel significantly lower or higher than the rest of the group—awkward.
To prevent crowding and allow easy access to your serving areas, utilize every table, console, and chest you have. When entertaining, a console can become a buffet, a folding table an eating surface, and a bookshelf a bar. Just try to space out where you set up these distinct areas, so your guests don’t end up crowded in the same corner. Having different areas will also encourage movement and flow, and prevent a bottleneck.
If using a coffee or other low table as a dining surface, look to throw pillows, ottomans, and overstuffed poufs as seating options for a casual, wanderlust feel. Without proper chairs, you’ll be able to fit more people around a table, and it won’t feel too tight.
In a small setting, too much extra tabletop styling can make a space feel cramped, so simplify your tabletop and serving surface décor. Try using plain glassware as vases for fresh flowers, and elegant candlesticks to cast a flattering glow.