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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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