How to Throw an Adult Dinner Party When You Really Don’t Have the Space

December 06, 2018

How to Throw an Adult Dinner Party When You Really Don’t Have the Space

Turn your small-space woes into pros for the best fest yet!

While hosting a sit-down dinner fête for 10 may not be within reach, don’t let the size of your apartment limit you from the holiday party of your dreams. Remember, bigger isn’t always better, and less square footage means more intimate gatherings!

Spiff Up Your Surface Space

First, focus on how you want to present the food. If you have a countertop or table, perfect. But if you don’t have enough space, you may want to use what you have. Clear the tops of your dresser, bookshelf, side table, or coffee table for trays of appetizers. Lay out a table runner or two and place dishes and bowls of food on top. Voilà!

Make More with Decor

Less (room) is more, right? Elevate your small space with simple decor.

Include minimal place cards that describe each dish for a très chic addition.

Keep the good vibes going and infuse a Zen element into your party with a salt lamp.

Sleek barware that speaks to you can be the crowning glory of your small space decor.

Snowflake coasters give a pop of color where you need it (to find your drink, of course!)

Set the Mood

Lighting is mega important, especially in a small space. Make it warmer and more inviting with candles, light alternatives, and even a dimmer.
Classic candles are always in.

Scented ones can help create a more festive flair, like the Yankee Candle® Housewarmer® Balsam & Cedar:

Or play it safe with tea lights, which can work just as well.

Add some holiday glam with stringed lights!

Reimagine Your Space

Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose for your dinner party should be kept out of sight (and out of mind). Need to put away extra books? Try placing them in an unconventional place, like your bathtub, where guests won’t be able to (or tempted to) peek in.
Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture or even your houseplants (use one as a centerpiece!) to create a better flow for your guests.

Play the Perfect Playlist

Got some sweet tunes for your dinner party? A cheery wireless Bluetooth speaker is perfect for your playlist and for setting the mood you’re going for.

–Tran Pham

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