At Ballard Designs, we’re big believers that everyone should entertain, no matter how big or small your home is and no matter how many projects you’ve marked off your decorating To Do list. Entertaining isn’t about perfection, it’s about hospitality! If you have a studio apartment or a small home, consider hosting a holiday gathering picnic-style around your coffee table. Here’s how we did it.
There’s something so romantic and nostalgic about sitting on the floor of your living room, laughing and telling stories with friends. It’s almost like a slumber party! We embraced the coziness of this space and brought in a stack of super soft velvet floor cushions. Your guests won’t mind crowding around the coffee table when they can sit on these plush pillows!
We treated our round Bornova Coffee Table like we would a dining table by adding a pretty linen table runner, a floral centerpiece, and votive candles. It’s those special details that add charm and make your guests feel taken care of.
If your coffee table is on the small side, consider turning your entry console into a bar or buffet.Tuck away what might normally live here (your keys, a stack of books, a bowl for corralling things), and add an ice bucket with a bottle of wine, some glasses, and maybe some light snacks. Voilà!
The key to small space entertaining is repurposing what you have to fit the function you need for your party. Then add special details like flowers and pretty glasses to give your repurposed drink or dessert station the gravitas it deserves!
With that idea in mind, if you already have a bar cart, consider turning it into a dessert station or a spot for appetizers. This pretty little bar cart (our Jules Bar Cart) is serving up both drinks and desserts! Another easy idea for serving drinks? Plug up your kitchen sink, fill it with ice, and it becomes an beverage tub!
Hosting in a small space is all about rethinking what you have and using it in a new way. Bring in special details and you don’t have to worry about whether you have enough chairs!
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