A NYE Cocktail Party in a 350 sq. ft. Apartment? It’s Possible

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

This post is in partnership with World Market.

 

I never imagined entertaining in my 350 sq. ft. studio apartment. My sofa is five foot long and squeezed between my bed and my kitchen counter. I can barely turn around without knocking over a wine glass or bumping into a corner of my bed. But last month I finally got to a point where my apartment felt decorated enough. It’s not entirely done (is it ever?), but my studio went from feeling like a work in progress to an actual home. It also happened smack in the middle of Thanksgiving—and my festive spirit was flying high. So I decided to host a holiday party for my co-workers. There’s only four of us on the MyDomaine editorial team in New York, so I figured it was manageable.

It went really well! So well, in fact, that as soon as it was over, I was ready to host my next gig—a Christmas Eve soirée, perhaps? Or a New Years Eve party! Because I’ve learned a thing or two from entertaining in my studio apartment ready—here’s what you need to know when throwing your own studio session.

 

DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

Keep everything simple: the guest list—keep it under 8, the to-do list, and the menu. I know, you’re probably dreaming of over-the-top oyster platters and croquembouches, but trust me when I say—the simpler, the better. When you have a studio apartment, stick to the items that can be eaten while standing up: small bites, cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts. No one likes carving a turkey with a plate on their knee.

MAKE IT EXTRA COZY

Stock up on fur throws and floor pillows to make everyone comfortable. I’m a fan of the kitchen parties, but there comes a time when everyone’s over eaten and want to lounge around. If you don’t have enough seating for everyone, create it with accent chairs, poufs, floor pillows, or even your bed. On that note: make your bed—and make it well: hotel corners, ironed sheets, fluffed pillows, and all.

USE SERVING TRAYS

When tabletop space is limited, trays are a lifesaver for serving nibbles and drinks. While you may want to arrange a buffet station on your kitchen counter or console table, it’s handy to have the trays to move around the room as needed.

DECORATE WITH FESTIVE FLORALS

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

Set the mood with low lighting, a scented candle, and festive florals. I loved this arrangement I got from The Bouqs—it’s varied, festive, and it smells amazing because of the pine leaves. It’ll make up for the fact that you don’t have a tree, a mantle, a collection of wreaths, or a hundred balloons stuck to your ceiling.

DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE

How to Host a NYE Party in a Studio Apartment • on @SavvyHome

This rule comes last, but it should really come first: whatever you do, make sure you have enough booze for everyone. This include (but is not limited to) a welcome cocktail, a signature cocktail mix for the night (with all ingredients and garnishes), beer, wine (red and white), and copious amounts of champagne, because—New Years Eve.

SHOP ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

 

Photos: All photos for Savvy Home | Florals by The Bouqs

This post is in partnership with World Market.

  • Shannon // Style Emulator

    That floral arrangement is gorgeous. All of the your pictures look beautiful! Can I be invited to your next party? haha 🙂

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/SoliloquyShoppe Jasanna

    I like the idea of floor pillows! Maybe a station for the ladies to take off their heels, if they’ll be sitting on the floor would be nice. 😉

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoundlessJoyStudios

  • Leannnnnna

    I love the texture of your rug! Can you share a source for that?

    • http://Www.savvyhomeblog.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Thanks, I love it too! It’s the West Elm Hand-Loomed Shine Rug in Ivory : http://bit.ly/2i4J8su

  • Plb

    Hi, love your post! Did I miss your studio reveal? I would love to see the whole effect and the sources of course! Thanks!

    • http://Www.savvyhomeblog.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Hi! You did not 🙂 Will do a full reveal shortly. Stay tuned 🙂 xx