Inspiration: Entertaining Large Groups In a Small Space

And Why It's a Good Idea

111108seating-01.jpgWe just had our third annual pumpkin carving party and it was a blast. Lots of friends and good times and our small space was able to accommodate a large group of people. Granted, we weren't sitting down having a 5-course dinner but we made our space work for the event. We've got a few tips for entertaining a large group--no matter the occasion, after the jump.

If you plan on entertaining for a large group of people, think of ways to creatively allow that vision to happen.

  • A long coffee table with pillows or foot stools as seating would work great in the living room.
  • If you must have it in the kitchen, you might try to rearrange your furniture. Kvanhorn seems to make it work effortlessly. With a few tables pushed together, boards balanced on tables, and stools borrowed from work, a large group looks comfy and full of good cheer at his kitchen brunch (16 people in 200 square feet-amazing!).
  • You can always have a buffet style dinner where the kitchen table is the casserole zone and guests plop down in the adjacent room on a large pillow, foot stool or couch.
  • Also--if it's good weather--take the event outside. Large folding tables, front porch steps or a grassy backyard is a great way to maximize your small space

    We fondly remember our first Thanksgiving in Los Angeles in our studio apartment. We folded our futon out flat and placed a large mirror on top that acted as the table's surface. We sat about ten friends comfortably on the floor around the futon-mirror table and it was one of the most memorable times we've had during the holidays.
    We love entertaining in a small space because it promotes coziness and closeness with your those you cherish. Maxwell says it best in 10 Tips For Small Spaces, "Have lots of dinner parties. People socialize better in small spaces and social homes are better kept up." We couldn't agree more.

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