How to Throw a Gatsby-Level Party in a Tiny Apartment
Even if your bed and oven are in the same room
Be honest: You’ve always thought of yourself as a soiree-throwing, martini-shaking, caviar-on-crackers-serving socialite.
There’s only one problem: Your apartment is a closet. Yep, a $2,700-a-month closet.
But not all hope is lost. Go ahead and send out those invites, because there’s a scientific method to hosting a glamorous bash in a small NYC space. We’ll bring the Champagne.
MOVE YOUR FURNITURE
You’re aiming for as much open floor space as possible, so move your furniture to the perimeter of the room. Now if an impromptu dance party breaks out, your coffee table won’t be a casualty.
LOW LIGHTING IS YOUR FRIEND
You know that standardized overhead lighting that seems to be in every NYC building? Yeah, it kills the mood. This is a party, not an interrogation room. Hang strings of lights from the ceiling, inside vases and even in old wine bottles to cast a soft, warm glow.
WHEN IN DOUBT, PILLOWS
Don’t have enough dining chairs? Pillows. Don’t have enough room on the couch? Pillows.
MAKE A SIGNATURE DRINK (AND THAT'S IT)
When you have only a foot of counter space, there’s no room to make customized drinks for everyone. Stick with one drink that fits the theme of the party and the food you’re serving. For the holidays, we’re thinking Champagne with apple juice and sage in cinnamon-and-sugar-rimmed glasses.
SERVE FORKLESS FOOD
Serve snacks your guests can grab themselves and easily eat on a napkin or small plate. Voilà, your coffee table is also a bruschetta bar.
SET UP STATIONS
People always hang out where the food and drinks are. Trick your guests into spreading out by placing small food trays with snacks throughout the apartment. If you’re really strapped for space, use cake stands or books to create multiple levels.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
A small studio can get cluttered fast, so move those knickknacks and coffee-table books out of the way. The more room you make for food and drinks, the happier your guests will be.