A small home makes it more challenging to host a party, but it’s not impossible to keep your guests entertained and comfortable. You just need to get creative with how you use the space and what you do at the party. Consider these options for gatherings in a small house.
Your furniture arrangement works when your family is in the house, but it might get in the way with extra bodies. You need a place for your guests to sit, but you also need room for them to move around. Move extra furniture pieces to a bedroom or other room that won’t be used. You might also be able to slide furniture back against walls. In the kitchen, tuck away appliances that you normally leave on the countertop so you have more space for serving food.
One option we used was to take the chairs away from the dining room table and put them in the living room between the couches. This gave extra seating in the living room where everyone congregated. It also allowed me to push the dining room table against the wall and left room around it. The table then became a serving area where people could easily move around.
Use All Spaces
You don’t have to entertain exclusively in the family room or another specific room. Think of ways you can spread out the people. If you have an outdoor space and the weather cooperates, have some seating areas or activities outside. If kids are coming to the party, set up a play area for them in your child’s room or a spare bedroom.
A formal sit-down dinner party is difficult to host in a small space if you want to invite more than a few people. If you have a longer guest list, go with a casual meal. Serve the food buffet-style so people can fill their plates and find a spot to sit down. Don’t go overboard on food options. The more food you have, the more counter space you’ll take with the dishes.
Limit the Guest List
You might not want to cut anyone, but a smaller guest list might be the only way to accommodate people in a small home. Decide on the absolute max number of people you can comfortably accommodate in your home. Keep that in mind when finalizing your guests list. You can always have a backup guest list. If someone from the initial guest list can’t make it, invite someone from the backup list to take her place.