The holidays are full of events, parties and festive get-togethers galore. If you find yourself playing host to your own party this season, you may be worried about crowding your friends and family into your home. After all, your studio apartment may be perfect for you, but it isn’t exactly ideal for entertaining

This holiday season, don’t let a small space keep you from going big on a holiday affair to remember. Here are a few helpful tips for stylishly hosting and entertaining in small spaces.

Celebrate big in small spaces.

Don’t have enough counter space to serve drinks like a seasoned bartender? Consider a stand-alone bar that is as functional in a smaller footprint as it is stylish.

Provide A DIY Bar

Whatever bar solution you have in place or are considering, make sure it is fully stocked with all the essentials: cocktail shakers, bottle openers, plenty of glasses, mixers, and enough liquor, wine and beer to keep the festivities jolly.

BDI’s Corridor Bar is fit to handle all the requirements of a fully stocked bar, without giving up too much space. While a bar cart can be a nice mobile solution that is ready to follow the party wherever it may lead.

Making a big-batch cocktail concoction, or letting guests mix their own drinks also takes some of the pressure off of you as host, and gives you more time to actually enjoy your own party. 

Keep Décor to a Minimum

Don’t overdo it with decorations if you’re already short on space. Too much garland and glitter can make a room feel cluttered. This goes for your permanent furnishings as well; make sure you remove any unnecessary furniture or décor before your guests arrive.

If you’re serving a real, sit-down dinner, serve the food buffet-style on a separate table or counter top (like the top of your bar!) to keep the dinner table from becoming too cluttered.

Have Your Furniture Perform Double-duty

Do you have a home office space in your living room? Consider turning it into a buffet table for your guests! In small spaces, every inch of available counter space matters, so use it wisely. At the dining table, using a bench will help create more seating for guests.

No dining table at all? Try turning your coffee table into a makeshift dining table (opt for pillows and throws instead of chairs), or ditch seating altogether and serve easy-to-carry finger food.

Nesting tables can also create some much-needed extra surface area for your guests to gather on the couch while eating, or to place their drinks as the fun and conversations flow.  

If you’re hosting a less-formal affair, move all of your big furniture, like the couch or a kitchen table, out of the way to make room for more mingling, dancing, and merriment. 

Entertaining in small spaces isn’t an impossible feat, so don’t be afraid to have a few friends over this holiday season. Even if you think your home or apartment can only hold 3 people, a small space is just another excuse for your guests to mingle. After all, spending time with the ones you love is the most important part of the holidays!

Have a few tips of your own that you want to share? Feel free to share them in the comment section!