Your Apartment is Not Too Small to Host in
People always say to me " I could never host a dinner party because my apartment is too small". As someone who has learned how to sit 16 people around a table in a 300 sq ft space, I am a pretty firm believer that no space is too small to host.
When it comes to designing a dinner party in a small space my motto is "with a little creativity anything is possible".
Don't have a table large enough to host your guests, have everyone sit on the floor around a coffee table and seat everyone on top of pillows scattered upon colorful rugs and blankets.
If you don't have the coffee table, make a makeshift one from boxes and cover it with a table cloth - no one will even notice it's not a real table. And if that isn't an option, just go total picnic style!
Have a table but are short on chairs? Use your couch as extra seating. Or consider asking a neighbor to borrow a chair - people can be unexpectedly generous sometimes.
For the meal, I refuse to believe that any kitchen is too small to cook in. My kitchen has a stove top with two burners, a small toaster/convectional oven hybrid and it is more than enough to prepare dinner for a party on. However, if working with a small kitchen is intimidating, there are plenty of different menu options that you can create which don't actually involve serving food that needs to be cooked. For example you can serve a gorgeous cold antipasto platter with a side of good bread and your guests will have more than enough to eat.
To make sure we are on the same page, I want to assure you that I am not just suggesting that you invite some friends over, make them sit on the floor, and serve them a store bought cheese and cracker platter. What I am saying, is that with a little creativity and the desire to
create something you host a beautiful dinner party in any space.
When working with a smaller and perhaps less conventional space, it is really important to be aware of what you do and don't have control over. Perhaps you can't do anything about not having enough chairs, or a proper table, but you can control the music, the lighting, the presentation of the meal, the guest list, and the conversation - all which are just as equally important to the creation of a great party.
If guests will be seated on the floor, make the lighting extra cozy and just use white string lights and candles, with some relaxing music. Make sure the room is clean and tidy, and use extra blankets or sheets to cover up unnecessary furniture so that the space feels not like a living room, but someplace totally different and exotic. Choose to serve and eat off plates and dishes that are colorful and charming, and decorate the room with flowers or other simple yet inviting decorations.
Your guests will be impressed with all of the work and creativity you put into planning the party, and I'm convinced that people appreciate a dinner party that is a little different.
Most importantly, though have fun with the planning and hosting. If you are pleased with your dinner party, its most certain that your guests are as well!