5 Tricks to Get You Through Entertaining in a Small Kitchen

by Alex ThatcherMarch 13, 2017

Don’t Let a Small Kitchen Keep You From Having Company

Do you love hosting dinners and gatherings, but you’re short on kitchen space? Small-space entertaining can be challenging, but with a little preparation, your small home or cozy apartment can easily transform into the perfect dinner party location.

In fact, the added thought that goes in to throwing a dinner party in your small space will likely elevate your party to becoming one for the ages. Check out our top 5 tips for hosting a party in your small kitchen space.
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1. Clean Everything

First things first: get out your most-trusted cleaning supplies and get to work. Clean any spaces your guests might encounter, including kitchen prep spaces, bathroom countertops, floors, and living room areas.

Once you’ve deep cleaned high-traffic party areas of your home, stash general clutter out of sight. That stack of papers on your counter? Cat toys on the floor? Tuck these things safely away in your room. Not all of your home needs to be immaculate for your party, but it is important to provide your guests with a dust- and junk-free space for a meal. Sound easy? We think so too.
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2. Manage Traffic Flow

Feel free to move things around your home. In a small home, it’s important to do everything you can to manage traffic when you’re hosting a larger group of people, so don’t feel pressured to put everything in a single location.

Interior designer Kyle Schuneman suggests: “For example, put your bar on the console, your meal on the main table, and the dessert in the kitchen so there isn’t a bottleneck.” By placing different things throughout your small home, you’ll make your guests feel comfortable to flow around the space and find a spot that is comfortable for each of them.
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3. Plan Ahead

We can’t over-emphasize the importance of planning ahead when you’re hosting a meal in a small kitchen. Our favorite planning advice: set your menu early. Buy your ingredients the day before, and do as much prep work as you can ahead of time.

Think strategically as you plan your gathering; it’s wise to serve a cheese plate or cold appetizer in the beginning of your party while you wait for other items to finish cooking in the oven. And if you start to feel overwhelmed, invite your guests to bring contributions as well.
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4. Add Ambiance

In a small apartment, a little added decor goes a long way. Entertaining in a small home often depends on the party’s mood, and one of the easiest ways to add ambiance is to experiment with lighting.

Minimize harsh overhead light and add a few candles and lamps throughout your space to create soft pools of light; add a string of lights across the ceiling to create a warm glow. For a quick fix, head to Target to pick up these overhead globe lights to add the perfect hint of ambiance to your small home party.
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5. Stay Flexible

Once your small home is ready for entertaining, take a deep breath and realize the essential: it won’t all be perfect, but that is okay. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a friend’s baby shower, it’s never really about the small apartment – it’s about the group of people who fill the space.

People may trickle in at different times, your entree may not be perfectly seasoned, but your small home holds people together. So be flexible and enjoy the company of those nestled close in your warm, small home.
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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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