Hosting a Holiday Party in a Small Space: 5 Tips to Save Your Sanity

  • A woman in a red sweater hosts a holiday party in her small apartment.

The holidays will be here soon, and for many of us, that means holiday parties! But, if you find yourself hosting one of these festive gatherings, it’s not all mistletoe and merriment. There’s the guest list, the menu, the beverages, the decorations, the party favors… the list goes on and on. And, if you live in a small house or apartment, you’ll need to figure out how to arrange your home to prevent your guests from feeling like they’re packed in like a can of sardines. If you’re starting to hyperventilate at the logistics of hosting a party in a small space, take a deep breath. We’re here for you. Follow these tips and we promise your guests will be too busy having fun to worry about anything other than grabbing another slice of pumpkin pie.

1. Get Rid of Clutter

We talk about clearing out the clutter frequently on the StorageMart blog—and for a good reason. Clutter is a major source of stress in our lives, and it’s also surprisingly difficult for some people to deal with. According to some experts, the reason for this may be because our brains are psychologically hardwired to collect clutter and junk. Before you do anything else, check out our post: 3 Steps for Removing Clutter from Your Home, then move onto the next tips for hosting a holiday party.

2. Rearrange Your Furniture

There’s no law that says your coffee table needs to sit exactly where you’ve had it for the last three years. There’s also no reason your dining room table can’t moonlight as a living room table. Our point is, the way your furniture is configured for everyday use isn’t necessarily ideal for hosting a holiday party. And remember, when your party is over, you can always put your stuff back the way you had it.

3. Place Food and Snacks Strategically

Here’s a simple truth: people want to go where there are yummy things to eat and drink. If you put all of your food in one spot, guess what you’re going to get—a yuletide traffic jam. Instead, use end tables, side tables, coffee tables, and other surfaces as mini snack stations throughout your apartment or home. This will help reduce congestion, and it also promotes mingling as guests migrate from one zone to the next.

4. Add Layers to Serving Stations

There’s a reason big cities tend to have lots of tall skyscrapers. When real estate is limited, building up is the only option left. Same goes for your serving stations. Use cake stands to instantly add more surface space to your tables and countertops.

5. Take it Easy on the Decorations

We’re not saying you can’t liven up the décor with a few tasteful flourishes, but there’s no reason to convert your home to a winter wonderland. Choose one or two small centerpieces and look for decorations that can be mounted on walls or hung from the ceiling. This will reserve your valuable surface space for more important things... like food and drinks.

’Tis the Season to be Merry, Stress-Free, and Organized!

The holidays can be a stressful time, but if you start clearing out your clutter and getting organized now, you’ll have one less thing to worry about when hosting your friends and family. Plus, did you know there are other benefits to home organization than just freeing up extra space? It’s true—experts believe organization at home may be linked to everything from your diet to your overall sense of well-being. Finally, after you get organized, learn how to reduce stress even more through the practice of mindfulness.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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