Small Space Entertaining

Use these time- and space-saving tips for holiday entertaining in a small apartment, condo, or cottage.

Washer and Dryer Bar
Lee Harrelson
Washer and Dryer Bar

It's cool to mix and match silver or flatware, glassware, and plates, so don't worry if you don't have enough for 8 place settings. Borrow from a friend.

There are plenty of serving options when the crowd is large and the place is small. Follow our suggestions for easy entertaining.

Use lap trays and let your guests sit on the sofa and chairs in the living area. Don't worry about seating everyone around a table.

Serve restaurant-style, that is, serve each individual plate from the kitchen. This is perfectly acceptable when you don't have room to set up a buffet or to set all of the serving dishes on a dining room table for family-style serving.
Tidy up the laundry room and set the bar up on the washer and dryer. Cover the appliances with a festive tablecloth or sheet, then set up the ice bucket, glasses, and drinks.
Set up a couple of chairs on the porch or balcony, weather permitting.

Use a tub of ice for soft drinks, beer, and wine instead of taking up space in the refrigerator.
Don't take up valuable table space with a large centerpiece. Place a small flower arrangement or bowl of fruit or harvest vegetables on a side table in the living room.

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