If you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC, the size of your home is probably perfect for you. However, chances are that your apartment may be on the small side for huge holiday parties. But this doesn't mean that you can't entertain guests in your home. With a few clever optical illusions and a bit of prior planning you can make your home the perfect place for a weekend gathering.
Make it informal
Let's face it, there are very few apartments that have the space for a 12-seater dining room table, so forget the concept of formal dining and embrace the casual dinner.
Try a buffet style
Make your own sushi night where guests can wander around sampling tasty morsels and casually chatting. Perhaps try a curry night so everyone can pull up a chair and eat their dinner from a bowl on their lap. Cover your bed with a colourful top sheet and use it for extra seating. It's a great way to add a creative edge to regular get togethers with your friends.
If you have a balcony, open the doors and extend your living space. Use mirrors to create the illusion of space, both indoors and outdoors. Make sure your home is squeaky clean and free from clutter. Pack away any excess furniture or everyday items you won't be needing during the gathering, for example any exercise equipment or foldable tables. Move your furniture around to make more space to mingle.
Any surface can be used as an extra table such as a filing cabinet, TV unit or chest of drawers. Simply drape a table cloth over the top. Create a party like atmosphere with open spaces and small clusters of chairs for conversations. Use your bathroom for drinks storage by filling the bath or sink with ice and using it as a cooler. Clean as you go by putting bottles in a designated recycling box as the evening progresses.
Just make sure to keep your home as neat as possible because small apartments look even smaller when they're untidy.