Entertaining Tips for a Smaller Space
Posted by Tina Bacci on 09/26/18
As the days get shorter (and chillier!) and we begin spending more time inside, hosting friends for social gatherings at home just feels right. Whether it’s a weeknight cocktail party or a Sunday afternoon football tailgate, apartment hosting has its own set of unique challenges. Here are some of our tried and true tips for making the most of your space.
- Prep everything ahead of time. Chances are your guests will congregate in your kitchen, and make food prep or even just opening the fridge a challenge. An elegantly prepared cheese tray and appetizers that can be quickly heated make for less mess and less chaos. Our friends at The Spirited Gourmet at 448 Common Street have an excellent selection of artisanal cheeses and wine and even offer free delivery to Belmont with a minimum order.
- Maximize space by designating a spot for coats and bags. Ensure your guests know where to stash their belongings upon arrival so items don’t end up draped over every chair or taking up valuable counter space. You don’t need a fancy coat closet either – just a clear pathway – a bench near the entry or even a designated spot in a bedroom will do!
- Minimize clutter by storing trinkets and keeping décor clean and streamlined. Do a clean sweep before guests arrive, stashing coffee table books, extra pillows, and other items that might take up valuable real estate. Keep spots open for plates, drinks and any extras your guests may bring along.
- Label drinks! Want to avoid a sink full of glasses? Wine markers allow your guests to label their drinks and avoid confusion, so they can stick with one glass and not overload your counter or dishwasher with multiple glasses (and more dishes to be washed)!
- Make your sink an ice bucket! Fill up your sink with ice and use it as storage for the ever evolving range of cans and bottles of beer, wine, and cider. Pats Game? The Craft Beer Cellar at 51 Leonard Street has got you covered.