If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard A exclaim “your apartment is the size of a shoebox!” while attempting to find a place to put the futon down for the night, I’d probably have enough money to buy a pair of Manolo Blahniks. Seriously, it’s tiny.
For the first couple months of living there I never invited friends over- I mean where would they sit?? It was easier to just meet up at LA’s yummy Nobu or Milo and Olive for a cheap, quick bite to eat than to actually try and cram people into such a small space.
It wasn’t until about two weeks ago, when Halloween was just around the corner, that I realized I truly missed hosting dinner parties. And that’s when I decided it was time to rethink entertaining- a great dinner with good company can happen in any space.
So, with the help of my sister, Primrose, I put together the perfect evening for friends and food. AND the best part is it’s designed to fit entirely into a closet!!
Pick the Right Closet
This may seem like an obvious one, but you would not believe how many times I’ve been to parties where people have the dinner in COMPLETELY random rooms. I only have one closet in my home, so this was an easy one. If you happen to have more than one closet, however, try for the one with the best depth to height ratio. The deeper the closet goes, the more people you can fit inside.
Table Settings are Key
You’ll want to stick with the less is more idea here for anything you put on the table. All guests should get one plate, one fork, one glass. And the food should be in two serving platters or less (remember, meats, veggies, breads, salads and soups can definitely be combined). This streamlined look will save your table from feeling cluttered when there isn’t a surplus of space. Pro Tip: Try having couples share a plate and glass- it’s romantic AND it frees up room on the table.
Second Pro Tip: Is your closet filled with clothes and there’s nowhere else to put them? Tie them back with a cute string for a curtain-like effect!
Avoid Serving Overly Pungent Foods
A closet dinner party is not the time for a Limburger and Garlic pate. Honestly. There is nothing worse than being trapped in a closet with hunks of overly fragrant cheese. Try something light, with a refreshing smell like a banana mayonnaise salad or a tomato bisque with toast.
Keep the Alcohol Coming
When guests are shoved together in extremely close quarters, it’s best to keep them liqueured up. For example, whenever I’m with Prim’s boyfriend, C, I literally have to do shots to keep myself from spitting in his face. Just have lots of beer and wine (or specialty cocktails) on hand and your friends won’t notice how uncomfortable they are!
End the Evening with a Seance
There’s no better place for one than a closet.