Just because you moved into a condominium, doesn’t mean you can’t host friends and family! Condo living means you just need to be a bit more creative when it comes to party planning. Here are a few tricks we’ve learned over the years.

Skip the sit-down dinner. Instead, snack and mingling with small plates of finger food. Pro tip: Spread snacks between your dining and coffee table so guests don’t congregate in the same corner of your condo.

Get creative! Turn your coffee table into a buffet. Add large pillows for floor seating to squeeze in a couple extra people. It’s okay if everyone feels a little cozy.

Save counter space. Minimize serving platters by combining foods onto larger platters. Keep options for plates, cups, and utensils to a minimum as well.

Maximize feng shui. Okay, not really feng shui, but do try rearranging your furniture to allow for more floor space for those floor cushions we mentioned.

Keep it simple! Elaborate décor will just take up too much space. Remove any clutter so your guests have room to breathe. We’re aiming for cozy and comfortable—not cramped.

Limit drink options. Beverage serving stations take up a lot of space. Instead, offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. Limiting the options means a bar station doesn’t need as much space on the counter!

Make drink tags. Minimize the number of dishes you have floating around by making sure everyone knows where their cup is! Drink tags are easy to find at the store. It’s even easier to make cute ones of your own!

Prep ahead of time. Prep as much as you can—if not everything—ahead of time. If everything is ready to go, your counter space can be used for serving instead of cooking. Plus no one likes when the host is too busy working to enjoy themselves!

Turn the heat low. If there are a handful of people in your condo with dinner cooking in the oven, things are going to heat up quickly! Turn the heat down before your guests arrive. It might feel a little chilly before they come over, but you will be glad you did once they do!

Designate spaces for everything: coats, serving, and seating. Coats can be stored in the bedroom, whiles shoes might be best lined up along the wall near your entrance. Little organization tricks go a long way when entertaining in a small space!

Remember the light. Lighting can do wonders when it comes to making a small space feel roomy. Throw open the blinds, light some candles, or add an extra lamp to your living room. Your guests will thank you!

Clean up before bed. There’s nothing worse than waking up to dishes piled on the counter. Save yourself some trouble the morning after by cleaning up as much as possible before bed. Trust us—it’s worth the extra effort.

Are you planning any get-togethers for your friends and family in your new condominium? We’d love to know your tips and tricks! How do you entertain in a smaller space?