Entertaining in Small Spaces: The Closet Dinner Party

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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End the Evening with a Seance

There’s no better place for one than a closet.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Nina
    November 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Great post! Love the idea of a hosting in small spaces 🙂

    xo
    Nina

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    Amanda E
    November 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I 100% needed this as inspiration- I have been dying to have friends over but I don’t have room. Luckily I have two closets!!

    Your blog poster with love,
    Amanda E

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    Rebecca Cinrey
    November 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. You gals always have the best posts 😉

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    Triana
    November 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    OMG! Literally was just wishing I could get help on having guests in my little apartment (I live in New York on the Upper East Side and I could not afford like anything there except for this tiny space BUT I so desperately wanted to live where the Gossip Girls lived LOL- worth it, ladies).

    Kisses
    Triana (Tri<3)

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    Tim Roberts
    November 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I don’t have a closet but I do have an attic. That’s where I do a lot of my antique collecting, maybe I can have one up there.

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    tiffany lea
    November 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    the pictures are adorable!
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    Lilly P.
    November 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I live with roommates and none of us get along so it’s impossible to have a dinner party without my roommates making my pay their rent for a month. Good to know it’s fashionable to throw a dinner party in a small space like my room! Will try!

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    Nada
    November 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

    perfect photos 🙂
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    Daniel
    November 4, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Great post!

    Daniel x

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    Ellese
    November 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

    This is a really cute idea for utilizing space! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese

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    Tania Sarin
    January 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    great post! xx

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    Kelly Ann
    January 13, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I love the idea of making couples share a plate! It’s so intimate and sweet. I once went to a zip tie party where I was zip tied to a random man all night and we had to share a plate and a drink! What a trip! This sounds even better! My wrists won’t even hurt after this!
    Cute tomatoe too! Lovez it <3
    -Kelly

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    Tania Sarin
    January 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    love this post! xx

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