What is every homeowner’s worst nightmare? For some, it may be pest problems or stubborn dirt. But I’m sure many of us fear hosting a house party. What could make this fear worse is when you have a cramped space but you still need to welcome guests.

Never fear, because I’ll try to sort things out for you. Here are five tips on how to make your next house party a success even if you have very limited home space:

1. Check your kitchen space before attempting to cook

It’s easy to go overboard in terms of cooking for your visitors. Make sure that your ingredients and cookware will all fit inside your wee-tiny kitchen space. If not, you can always opt to order in from a nearby restaurant. You may also assign some of your visitors to bring some food items to the party. Be specific, though, because your guests might all end up bringing drinks and no solid food.

2. Make do with what you have

If you have a small dining table but are expecting many visitors, plan the occasion as an eat-anywhere party. Let them bring their food to the living room, kitchen, or outside. Just prepare plates and cutlery that are easy to bring, as well as trays for those who cannot eat without a surface.

3. Rearrange your furniture

Furnitures are huge space hogs. If you don’t need that side table during the party, take it out temporarily. Anyway, the party is just for one day.

4. Clean, clean, clean

Nobody wants to visit a filthy and unkempt home. Make sure you do the necessary cleaning days or hours before the party starts. If you are confused about where to start, read our feature on ten cleanup tips before hosting a house party.

5. Relax

Although you’re the host, your guests know what kind of fun they want on your party. Go ahead and prepare your place and the food for the party, but during the event, don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I’m sure your guests will understand your limitations.

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