With Thanksgiving less than a month away, it’s safe to say peak hosting season is officially upon us! That means it’s time to break out the pumpkin décor, light your favorite fall scented candle, and get your bar cart ready for action.
Whether you’re opening your home for the big turkey day or planning an informal “Friendsgiving,” hosting a dinner party in any space can be intimidating. But for those of us working with minimal square footage, it can pose an even greater challenge.
Not only do you have to negotiate cooking a spectacular meal in a pint-sized kitchen, but you also have to figure where everyone is going to sit. Not to mention the struggle of fitting your feast on your tiny (or even non-existent) table!
If those struggles sound familiar, don’t fret! With a few clever tricks you can easily host a successful dinner party in your space, no matter the size.
To help, we rounded up our Modsy Designers’ 6 best tips for small space hosting.
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Rearrange Your Whole Space
The most common challenge with small space hosting is that most small homes don’t have dining rooms! But here’s the good news – dining rooms are not a requirement for hosting an excellent dinner party.
Try rearranging your main living space for the evening. Push your sofa to the side and bring your dining table into the newly opened space.
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2. Mix and Match Your Chairs
Don’t have a full set of dining chairs handy? Gather all of the seats from around your house and take them into the main entertaining space.
Look around for desk chairs, stools, entryway benches and other furniture that you can repurpose as dining room seating for the evening.
Designer Tip: Dining chairs can be used in more places than just the dining room! Try one as a desk chair or even get creative and use it as a nightstand. This is a great option if you prefer the look of a matching set (not to mention shopping in pairs can often save you money).
3. Expand Your Table (Or Expand Your Options)
One of the best ways to prepare for a small space dinner party is with an expandable dining table. These give you the option to accommodate more people when needed, but also easily collapse to save space when it’s just you.
If purchasing a new table just isn’t, well, on the table, consider making do with what you have. Don’t be afraid to pull in desks and console tables to create a makeshift dining space for the night.
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4. Go Mobile With Your Drink + Snack Station
A bar car is a great option for hosting a dinner party in tight quarters. You can wheel it in when you need it, and easily tuck it away when you don’t.
If you’re working with an especially small space, look for an option with an open frame to keep your space looking airy and light. Mirrored shelves are another trick to help make your space look a bit larger than it is.
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5. Set Up a Buffet Station
The last thing you want is to clutter up your dining table and leave no space to actually eat. Instead, outfit a credenza or console table as a buffet station and encourage guests to help themselves.
6. Serve Vertically
Vertical displays are a great way to make more surface area when you don’t have any. When it comes to small space hosting, opt for some tiered serving trays to make the most of a smaller serving station.
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Don’t let your small space hold you back! Whether it’s a tiny dining room or an awkward living space, our Modsy designers are standing by to help you find the perfect design for your home. Start a project today and get your space ready for the holidays!