Overwhelmed at the idea of splurging on a venue for a big party? Whether you're planning a bridal shower, anniversary party, holiday bash or even an intimate wedding, you might want to consider the perfect venue that's right under your nose: Your small home or apartment.
There are two major challenges to hosting a special night at home: Significance and space. Your home is familiar to you and your friends and family, so you're going to need to look for chances to put the "special" in special occasion with memorable and beautiful details. And as for the space thing? Well, there are a few ways to get creative when you're doing some serious entertaining at home.
Dress Up the Table
The photo above was taken inside the grand and beautiful Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina. The room is likely a bit bigger than the dining space you'll have at home, but there is a lot of inspiration to be gleaned here from this styled shoot coordinated by the talented Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle.
Michiel suggests the recipe for a special table starts with stunning linens. "This is the backdrop of your table," she told Apartment Therapy. "Pull the colors from your linens to highlight and accent what you want in the table." Once you've got the cloth down (literally), you can add the polish to your table. A special occasion calls for a formal table setting and lots of lush flowers.
Use Every Available Space
Try to think of every part of your room as a space to entertain. "When you are working with a smaller space, creativity is key," Michiel says. "Florals and candles can go on the wall with shelving when you have limited space. Fireplace mantles and bar trays are perfect place to display desserts or appetizers when you are limited on table space."
Bring the Indoors Out
There's an instant way to add to your square footage: Take the party outside. Dress up your porch, patio, balcony or backyard with real, luxe furniture that makes every seat the best one in the house. "Don’t be afraid to get a workout by reusing the pieces you already have in your home," Michiel suggests. "Start with your favorite rug as the base and then start adding pieces from your different rooms. Your outdoor space can be a collection of the favorite pieces in your home: A lamp from here your office, a couch from your living room and an end table from your bedroom will make a stunning lounge and add room for your to entertain your guests."
And if you don't have furniture to spare, Michiel adds, "rental companies have great items for you to rent that you can add to your party without needing to keep them in your house after the party is over."
Thank you to Michiel of Black Southern Belle for the photos and the wonderful advice!
- Venue: Gadsden House
- Photographer: Aneris Photography
- Cake: Swank Desserts
- Design, Decor and Floral: Yoj Events
- Rentals: La Tavola, Polished, Ooh Events, Snyder, Yoj Events
- Gown: Allure Bridal
- Suit: Suit Supply
- Make Up: Pink Dot Beauty Bar