Reconsider the guest list
The type of party you’re planning can guide how many people you can realistically fit into a small home, says Jeanie Engelbach, founder of partyjeanie and apartmentjeanie. A dinner party, for instance, should be capped at however many people can fit at your table. People also tend to sit down more at daytime parties, so you should have a seat for each guest. But a night party could be a different story. “If it’s largely about cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and being social, you can have three times as many people,” says Engelbach. But no matter how big your home is, don’t invite more people than you feel comfortable meeting and greeting with, she warns.
Stock up on wall décor
Bulky centerpieces and table decorations crowd up valuable surface space, says organizing expert Jamie Novak, author of Keep This Toss That: Unclutter Your Life to Save Time, Money, Space, and Sanity. Instead, keep things festive with decorations you can hang on the walls or ceiling. “Opt to hang decorations and keep surface space freed up,” says Novak. “Go with festive tablecloths, napkins, platters, or garnishes.” Engelbach recommends setting the party’s tone before guests even enter by hanging a sign on your front door that matches the theme. Don’t miss these other de-cluttering tips for tiny houses.