Think your studio apartment is too small for hosting a get-together? Think again.
1. Rearrange the furniture to optimize flow. It doesn’t have to look pretty, it just has to function.
2. Extend your existing dining table using a sheet of plywood or a card table. Cover with a chic tablecloth and you’re good to go.
3. Mix and match dining chairs for a look that’s practical and wonderfully eclectic.
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4. Benches can accommodate even more guests than chairs. Cozy yours up with a few throw pillows and a sheepskin throw.
5. The kitchen is a natural gathering place, but it can fill up quickly. Encourage guests to mix their drinks at the bar cart instead.
6. Or, keep things simple by preparing a couple of big batch cocktails — you’ll save time and money.
7. Bottles that need to be kept cold can be stored in the sink or bathtub if you run out of room in the fridge.
8. If you live in a colder climate, simply stick the drinks outside. Ever heard of a #CanadianCooler?
9. Utilize each and every surface, including coffee tables, bookshelves, fireplace mantles and windowsills.
10. Three-tiered trays and cake stands will help free up space at the buffet table.
11. Use floor cushions, throw pillows, poufs and footstools for extra seating.
12. Place a large cutting board over the sink for additional prep space.
13. Keep tabletop decor to a minimum to avoid overcrowding and spills.
14. Not enough closet space? Purchase an inexpensive garment rack for your guests’ coats, or borrow one from a friend.
15. If you have an outdoor space, use it! At the very least, keep a window cracked to prevent the apartment from overheating.