You think you’ve no space for a dinner party. You are wrong. It just requires a bit of vision. Here's a go-to list for those who struggle to walk around their living space, let alone host a party for more than four. Turn the how, into 'wow' with a few nifty ideas from the clever people in the lifestyle industry.
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Cover your coffee table with cicchetti, AKA Italian tapas, and lay on prosecco and guests will be so busy oohing and ahhing they won’t notice they’re not sitting down to three courses. Cook book Cicchetti by Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Harris (Jacqui Small, £20) has unfussy dishes such as rosemary and pancetta pancakes and sautéed artichokes
In season six of Mad Men, Don held a fondue party. It got us thinking how effective fondue can be as dinner party fare. First, fill your fondue set with this Swiss cheese recipe. When that’s been demolished, clean it out and re-stock with chocolate, plus a tray of fruit and marshmallows. Alpine fondue set, £52, Paxton & Whitfield.
You have two chairs, one table and six people for dinner. You need more seats – preferably folding ones so you can slide them behind the sofa once you’ve bid your guests good night and cleaned up. Say hello to Jeff, a steel and plastic folding chair, which comes in white and black and can be delivered in certain areas. Jeff folding chair, £5, Ikea
With lots of small dishes and emphasis on building your own meal, Mexican food is ideal dinner party catering. Take tips from Thomasina Miers’Mexican Food At Home (Hodder & Stoughton, £20) and cover your coffee table with her simple, tasty dishes. Serve tequila, then give each guest a plate and napkin and ask them to help themselves.
See, you can entertain in your one-bed flat with it's tiny kitchen and barely any dining space. All you need to do is have a little imagination, get creative with the above 'materials', and see how your kitchen becomes the party zone for future get-togethers - even if you are are squashed in a bit tight.