How to host a large dinner party in a small space

Last November I threw a potluck Friendsgiving. What made it a little tricky (and very nerve-wracking up until) is that I share a one-bedroom apartment with a platonic friend where I live in the living room. I was worried that we wouldn't fit, or that we wouldn't be comfortable, or that the pole would get in the way, etc. Here's how I made it work…


Awesome-looking, space-saving tables for small space hosting

My husband and I recently downsized to a pretty amazing 875-square-foot apartment, and because of that we sold a lot of our furniture (including the kitchen table). So with the holidays coming up, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for awesome-looking, space-saving tables that could easily be folded up once the guests are gone?


My husband's boss is coming over! Should I hide the zombies and naked ladies?

My husband just informed me that in a few weeks, his boss has so graciously picked our house to hold their monthly "briefing." Our two front rooms, where everyone would be for this little get together, are full of my husband's zombie and macabre paintings, and pin-ups. I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable or weirded out. I'm wondering if I should take some of the paintings out, get lots of flowers to distract from the gory goodness, or just let it be? How do you make such an offbeat space into a crowd-friendly one?


Make the time-saving Party Cup Box at your next office party

At the last party, I was putting ice in the cups and pouring pop when people were arriving for the party. I felt very behind, like I didn't have enough done by the time the party started. So, with the help of an empty freezer, I invented the Party Cup Box!