07/17/2014 10:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

4 Small-space Entertaining Tricks

Don't let cramped quarters keep you from hosting. These tips will make a pint-size party feel oh-so-grand.

photography by FRANKY FRANKENY

Have you ever put plans for hosting on hold because your space is a tad too small? Stop this insanity. When it comes to entertaining, square inches shouldn't even come into play. Small-space dwellers, live it up -- and follow these tried-and-true tricks.

photography by BERNHAUT JUSTIN

Go easy on flowers. Cluster small blooms in a handful of mini vases, or put one at each place setting. For a splashy look, fill lofty, narrow vessels with towering stalks or leafy branches that spread upward.

photography by COSTELLO PAUL

Lose the wine bottles. To avoid crowding the table with umpteen bottles of Chardonnay, use carafes that hold two or more bottles at a go.

photography by FAZZARI ANDREA

Keep things within reach. Position two large water pitchers near the table's center, and install a set of diminutive salt and pepper shakers at each end.

photography by ACEVEDO MELANIE

Use the whole room. After serving the main course, place the platters on a nearby console for easy second helpings.


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