Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting a Dinner Party in a Small Apartment

Dinner parties aren’t just reserved for people with large living spaces. Our New York and London foodies especially know this! Don’t think that you can’t host a dinner party just because you have a small flat. We’ve put together a list of 5 do’s and don’ts of hosting a dinner party in a small apartment to help you organize! We have put together a list of 5 do’s and don’ts of hosting a dinner party in a small apartment to help you organize! 

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Do's and Don'ts of Hosting a Dinner Party in a Small Apartment

Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting a Dinner Party in a Small Apartment

1.     Rearrange the furniture and keep the décor simple.

Do: Do experiment by rearranging your furniture in your apartment to optimize your entertaining space. If it’s not essential, move it to another room! Try decorating a few empty wine bottles and placing candles in them! This will also create soft mood lighting.

Don’t: Do not use large centrepieces or floral arrangements, the will exacerbate the feeling of being in a small space.

decorative bottles

2.     Use mood lighting.

Do: Do use soft lighting to enhance the ambience of the dining space.

Don’t: Do not use bright overhead lighting. It will create a less cosy environment.

candle light

3.     Use your wall space.

Do: Do use wall space for posting the menu, or hanging some extra mood lighting, etc.

Don’t: Don’t waste the wall space by posters that you either don’t need or doesn’t go with the theme.

Menu Presentation Idea

4.     Get creative with seating.

Do: Do use a bench for one (or both) side(s) of the table instead of chairs. More people can comfortably squeeze in that way.

Don’t: Do not make things congested, feel free to take out the furniture and make floor sitting by placing some mats and pillows.

dining room table

5.     Maximize your space by the strategically serving/presenting the food.

Do: Do create the illusion of more space by utilizing varying serving heights (you have more than just the surface area of your dining table). Serving food on a cake stand, or placing a platter on a few stacked books will create depth and dimension. Other creative ways of serving bites are using Asian soup spoons, demitasse, or verrines.

Don’t: Do not lay everything out flat on the table; it will look cluttered and won’t be an effective use of your space.

Dinner in small apartment