When you’re living in the big city, the multitude of restaurants makes it easy to share a meal with friends outside the home. It can be one of many excuses to avoid facing your fear of hosting a gathering in your closet-sized apartment (with its shower stall-sized kitchen, complete with no ventilation). But armed with some helpful tips and the right menu, entertaining a party of six around the coffee table can be more enjoyable than dining out at that overpriced Italian place around the corner. And you can even supplement your menu with something store-bought or delivered. If private chefs do it, why can’t you?
But before you get all excited and invite your friends over for dinner tonight, you must first address the space you’re entertaining in. De-cluttering your counter will create more space for that platter of crostini while also giving the illusion of a larger space, while organizing your cabinets will give you more space to store those entertaining essentials. Serving a one-pot meal won't leaving you slaving over the stove all afternoon, plus it's easy to serve buffet style (and leaves you only one pot to clean). Expecting a crowd? Serve one-bite appetizers that don't require plates or utensils and can be enjoyed while sitting around the coffee table — or simply forgo the meal and opt for snacks and cocktails instead.