In the run-up to the holidays there’s plenty of anticipation surrounding social events. It is peak hosting season, after all, so you’re likely either planning to attend a few gatherings or throw one of your own. But here’s the rub – you don’t have to have a huge space to host a big party!
With a few layout tweaks and well-placed cocktails, even the smallest spaces can be home to great gatherings. Read on for 6 of our best small space ideas that are sure to make holiday hosting a breeze.
1. Open Up Your Layout
No matter if you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or a formal soiree, having space for guests to gather and socialize is in an important part of any party.
The easiest way to achieve a sense of flow in your small space? Try switching up your layout! Move big pieces of furniture out of the way or relegate them to another room for the evening. If you can’t remove them completely, try putting them along the walls so you can maximize the open area where people can socialize.
Designer Tip: When purchasing furniture for a small space, consider pieces with tapered legs and glass or mirrored surfaces. These elements trick the eye into thinking your space is larger and more open than it actually may be. Check out these 5 other small space design hacks.
2. Put Every Surface to Work
Now that you’ve created an open area, you might wonder where you’re going to put all the snacks and appetizers.
Instead of creating one designated place for all food and drinks, consider peppering your space with several mini snack stations. Don’t be afraid to clear off your desk and use all your side tables. Even bookcases can be repurposed for the evening as tiered serving surfaces to keep your guests satiated with sweets, savories, and libations!
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3. Use Your Whole Home
Have more guests than your living room can comfortably hold? Consider welcoming them into other areas of your home, like your kitchen, dining room, or even outdoor spaces.
Encourage people to meander through your home by serving a dedicated cocktail or snack in different rooms. As the host, you’ll always have the opportunity to chat with people and tell them to feel free to hang out anywhere – not just in the living room.
4. Consider Where You Put the Drinks
What does every good host do? Put a drink in your hand as you come through the door. Unfortunately, in small spaces, this can lead to a traffic jam of people at the entrance where space is even more limited.
If this sounds like your home, consider greeting your guests at the front and directing them to a drink station in the back. This will help alleviate any entryway bottlenecks and encourage flow through your space.
5. Set the Mood
What makes a good party even better? Setting the right mood with decor!
Create the perfect cozy environment with string lights, candles, and whatever seasonal decor you like. Remember every area can add to the atmosphere, so don’t shy away from putting a few bits of decor in the bathroom, hidden hallways, or other areas your guests might only visit for a few moments.
6. Keep Your Cool
Of course, this means staying focused on the joy of the evening. But in small spaces it also means remaining aware of rising temperatures. Lots of people in a cramped area can make it hot quite quickly. Consider cracking a window or two to let the cool air in so your guests are feeling cozy but not over heating!
At the end of the day, it’s great people who make a great party. If you can make your guests feel at home and relaxed, the size of your space doesn’t really matter. Be creative and rethink your living space entirely, at least for the evening.