Petite Pad? Live large anyway with hosting tips form Jenna Mahoney, author of the new Small Apartment Hacks, 101 Ingenious DIY Solutions for Living, Organizing and Entertaining.
1. Turn your ironing board into a buffet.
Throw a pretty, floor-length cloth over that bad boy, push one side against a wall and you've got the world's slimmest serving surface.
2. Use a rolling rack.
You can find cheapies at Target and Kmart and hang a few "starter jackets" to encourage guests to follow suit. (Even better if, as the rack fills up, it hides a workspace or cluttered corner.) Afterward, the rack folds up and slides easily under your bed.
3. Create small centerpieces with serious impact.
Turn juice glasses into vases (almost no surface area required)! The arrangements couldn't be easier: Snip Gerbera daisies, peonies or other bold flowers just below the blossoms, and add one to three to each glass. P.S. The trick works just as well for mantelpieces.
By Abbie Kozolchyk