It was my birthday last week and it’s The Man’s birthday today (he’s my toyboy by all of six days). And you know what that means? Party time!
I often hear people say that their homes are too small to have parties. Our townhouse is very small but we’ve had parties of over forty people. Sure it was squashy but that just gave it fantastic atmosphere!
Here are some things I’ve learned and will keep in mind when preparing for our party this weekend:
Place decorations overhead and on walls rather than take up valuable surface space with table arrangements.
Rearrange your furniture to open up the space. We’ll be moving our couch and dining table up against the wall to ease congestion.
Use decorations that are also functional such as attractive buffets and menus.
Place food platters throughout the space so guests can spread out instead of all congregating around the snack table.
Don’t clutter up the entryway with coats and handbags – designate an out-of-the-way spot such as under the stairs or on your bed.
Think outside the fridge. A small home usually means a small fridge, so you may need to fill your laundry tub or bath with ice to chill drinks.
Accept that guests will spread outside the living room, so make sure the rest of the house is tidy too. We always end up with people in the courtyard, the kitchen, even the laundry.
Put away breakables as people are more likely to bump into things in a crowded space. I know this from experience.
Have you got a tip for entertaining in a small space?