During the holiday season, we always find ourselves entertaining our friends and family more than usual! Whether we are having a big dinner or just having a cocktail party, there always seems to be something going on. This can be difficult to accomplish when you live in a smaller space but are still trying to make your home feel comfortable and inviting. We are so thrilled to have Mintwood Home with us today to teach us how to throw a soiree in our small spaces! With decor, appetizer, and drink tips, we are feeling very inspired to keep the parties coming this season. We are loving the gorgeous decor and platters that they created for their own holiday soiree, we can’t wait to recreate it! Read on below for their seriously helpful tips:
Entertaining when you live in a small space can be very daunting. Where is everyone going to sit? Where will the food go? The list goes on and we’ve all either been there or know the feeling all too well. We’re not saying to go ahead and invite every single person you know, but here are a few no-fail tips on setting up a glamorous, stress-free holiday soiree in your small space.
1. Clear your Coffee Table
If you don’t have a dining table or kitchen bar/island the next best thing is your coffee table. Let’s be honest, if you live in a small space, your coffee table probably acts as your dining table most nights anyway! So clear it off completely and think about unique ways to decorate it as though it were a dining table. In our case, we opted for a simple DIY magnolia runner, a pair of festive candlesticks and one small floral arrangement. This left us plenty of space for appetizers and places to set cocktails while eating or chatting.
2. Pull in Extra Seating & Rearrange Furniture
Seating is always one of the more difficult challenges when it comes to small spaces. You’ll want to pull in any additional seating ahead of time so that if you need to rearrange any furniture or remove pieces that aren’t serving a purpose, you can do so before your guests arrive. The good news is, if people are really enjoying themselves they don’t care if they’re standing or sitting and many guests will end up glued to one spot the entire time chatting, this usually happens near the bar area which brings us to our next tip!
3. Set Up a Designated Bar Area
This applies to any space, small or large, you always want to have a designated bar area when entertaining to encourage your guests to serve themselves and free you up to enjoy your own party! In this case we brought in one of our trusty bar carts that doesn’t take up too much space. If you don’t already have a designated bar area in your home, you can make one by clearing off any surface! Also consider serving a signature cocktail, most guests enjoy indulging in a specialty drink especially around the holidays and this will allow you to keep your bar clear of additional mixers and fixings. Our latest seasonal cocktail obsession is a pomegranate fizz!
- 1 bottle red blend wine
- 2 ounces Brandy (optional)
- 6 ounces premium orange juice
- 12 ounces cranberry juice
- 12 ounces water
- 1 orange, halved + squeezed
- 1 lemon, halved + squeezed
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 oranges (for garnish)