11 Tips for Throwing Larger-than-Life Parties in a Small Apartment
Don't let a small space cramp your style. With easy rearranging, an Instagram-worthy tablescape, and a little ambience, you'll be sending out party invites in no time.
Pick a Main Room
Whether you're hosting a multiple-course dinner party or serving up tapas and tequila drinks, you'll want to find a central place for you and your crew to hang. Kitchen quarters too tight? Bring your table to the living room, rearranging any couches or chairs to fit or even putting them away in other rooms for the night.
Set the Mood
Nothing says ambience like string lights. Hang them above your table for laid-back mood lighting. Other wallet-friendly finds? Mason jars and tea lights! Scatter them across your tablescape for an intimate feel and low profile.
Go with a Floral Centerpiece
Treat yourself (and your guests) to a fresh bouquet of flowers. It's an easy way to add a pop of color to your tablescape, not to mention it smells downright delicious. Go for an arrangement that comes with a vase—no need to buy a bulky centerpiece. Bonus: You can use leftover petals to amp up your ice cubes. Edible flowers we love: roses, lavender, and pansies.
Make a Menu
However fancy the food, a handcrafted menu made from construction paper or written on a small chalkboard adds a formal touch to an informal gathering. Post it on a blank wall for more dimension—after all, every inch of space matters!
Prep Ahead of Time
Pop your appetizers and main dish in the oven before the party begins—that way, you don't have to be in the kitchen and miss the fun. Plus, guests won't feel obligated to help in a made-for-one kitchen! Once the bites are gone, remove the plates to the kitchen but save the real cleanup for later.
What's a party without a little pop-fizz-clink? Give your squad the ultimate bottle service with a choice of both red and white wine, plus a signature cocktail. This will ensure everyone is sipping happy. Set up a drink station in the main room so you can tend bar while still entertaining guests. Remember to put wine charms on the glasses before the party so no one is left playing whose is whose.
Bust Out Your Best Serveware
Mix and match marble and wooden cheese boards for a chic way to serve the goods. You can never go wrong with charcuterie. Our favorite flavor combos: prosciutto + Brie, salami + Havarti, and chorizo + goat cheese. Round it out with crackers, olives, and dried fruit. We love this display from Cooking with Cocktail Rings.
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Create a Playlist
Pump up the jam with a personalized or premade playlist. A little bluetooth action lets you be the DJ right from your phone! Song requests, anyone?
Play a Game
Games are always a good activity, and they give the party a boost of energy. Look to fun party classics and no-space-needed favorites like Heads Up! or Cards Against Humanity. Impromptu dance party? Even better!
Sit Back & Relax
As cheesy as it sounds, remember to relax and have fun. Not everything is going to go perfectly. (Does it ever?) Just enjoy quality time with your friends. After all, they are the true essence of a good party!