Throwing your next party: 5 keys to successful soirees in small spaces

November 15th 2013

By Christopher Glow, Leasing Specialist

Presenting food on tiered plates is a great idea for parties in small spaces.
Give your next party a boost with finger food on elevated or tiered plates.

As the days get shorter and colder, I find myself craving the warmth of human interaction more and more. The fall is a great time to open up your apartment home to a little get-together and enjoy some pre-holiday cheer!

Worried about hosting due to space constraints? Fret not! You can still think big with a small space. Here are the basics to pulling off a fun-filled evening:

  1. Planning.
    Invite early: Calendars fill up quickly as we enter the holiday season.

    Once the invites are mailed, get your menu together. If you don’t have enough room for a plated dinner, finger foods are ideal – they allow guests to nibble without having to balance a drink and a plate.  
  2. Purchasing Renting.
    Even if you’re not doing a plated dinner, your guests should have a place to sit. Considering renting folding chairs for your party instead of purchasing them. That way, you’re not spending extra money on things you won’t have room to store after the event is over.

    Depending on how grand your party is, you could even rent fine stemware, high tables and crisp linens.
  3. Preparation.
    Make what you can in advance. Get your goodies ready on baking sheets so they can just be popped in the oven right before guests arrive and throughout the party.

    Chilled items can be plated early and pulled out of your fridge when needed.

    Serving food in timed intervals keeps everything fresh and looking great – plus, you won’t overcrowd your space.
  4. Presentation.
    Invest in a few tiered serving dishes. Stacking food maximizes the available counter space and creates visual interest. I especially love tiered plate holders so empty plates can be changed out with new ones once they’re empty

    Try placing your serving plates at different locations around your home – this will encourage mingling and help to prevent the inevitable bottleneck in the kitchen.
  5. People.
    Okay, this one isn’t really a tip. But remember to have fun with your guests! They’re coming to spend time with YOU. Get out of the kitchen and enjoy your company.

One last word of wisdom: If everything goes terribly wrong with one of your creations, it’s not the end of the world. A good friend of mine who’s a veteran in the fine dining industry once gave me some wise advice: If your guests’ drinks are full and they’re engaged in conversation, they really won’t notice if everything isn’t perfect. It’s why I always stock up on a couple extra bottles of wine. Cheers!