Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SMALL SPACE DECORATING 101: HOW TO ENTERTAIN & HOST GUESTS IN A SMALL SPACE


The size of your living space shouldn't limit you from opening your home to friends and family. As with most small space decorating, hosting and entertaining guests in a small space requires a little creativity and thinking outside of the box.
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In this edition of Small Space Decorating 101,  I'll answer questions on how to prep your small space to host guests as well as provide you with creative ideas for hosting family and friends in a space that's short on size.

Here are 7 commonly asked questions on how to entertain in a small space.

1. Where will everyone sit?  

Try pulling your table up to your couch for a cozy dining experience and to better accommodate guests. Invest in a set of matching folding or stackable chairs (like these) to add to your table for an instant dinner party set up.  Folding chairs are compact and easy to store.  While stackable are great multi-tasking space savers, taking up less space when not in use. In the photo below, a table is set up in front of a sofa creating the perfect setting for a dinner party.

2. Where Can I Put Extra Food or Desserts? 

Believe it or not, an ironing board is the perfect for staging additional food items if you run out of table space.  In the photo below, a simple white cloth, bouquet of flowers and a vintage wood ironing board is used to stage an Italian themed Bruschetta Bar for guests. Simple but amazing!  Modern day ironing boards are metal so they are perfect for holding small hot dishes too.
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3. How Can I Keep Guests' Coats and Bags from Taking Up Space?

Closet and storage space was really limited in both our first apartment and home. Entertaining a large group meant figuring out where to place for guests' coats and belongings when they visited. Store guests coats and bags in a bedroom to avoid limiting the amount of space you have to party. Just make sure you tidy up the room before guests arrive.


4. How Can I Maximize and Organize Space for Food?

Don't just use horizontal table space when setting up your food table.  Use vertical space too. Elevating your dishes on tiered trays maximizes your buffet space,  makes the food more accessible to your guests and also leaves you with extra table space for more great food!
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5. I Don't Have Alot of Refrigerator Space. How Do I Keep All of the Beverages Cold and Ready to Serve?

Think multipurpose. Use your sink as an ice bucket. Fill your kitchen sink with ice, place bottled and can beverages in the sink, then toss additional ice over the bottles.  Voila! An INSTANT SELF SERVE BEVERAGE COOLER! Guests will enjoy grabbing their own drinks from this unconventional beverage cooler.
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6. How Can I Make A Small Space Feel Cozy and Elegant

Inexpensive holiday string lights (in white) are festive and fun when draped above a dining table setting.  You could also use fresh flowers and simple tea lights or votive candles along the table to create an intimate mood for your guests.  
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7. How Can I Rearrange My Space To Better Accommodate My Guests?

Don’t be afraid to make your living room into a dining room for a day. Create more space for your dinner party by rearranging furniture. Try swapping your dining room table and chairs with some f the pieces from your living room furniture and bring the party front and center. 

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Now who's ready for  great food, great company, and a great evening?  Try a few of these entertaining tips and let me know how it goes.  I'd love to hear from you!