Congratulations on your cozy Studio Apartment! Use your small space with ingenuity and efficiency to entertain with flair this Halloween.
Step 1: Preparations ~ Determine what day your friends can attend, then create a Facebook event or send an Evite. Alert your neighbors to your party plans. Ask guests to wear costumes, or scary or funny hats - and you’ll be taking pictures! Enlist a friend as Helper on Party Day. Set up a docking station or a cord to your sound system and invite guests to share their music files. Order inexpensive Etch-It smart tags and pre-stick them on all cups and glasses so names can be written with a fingertip, avoiding drink mix-up and multiple-cup clutter. Coats and bags can lie over a lounging pillow in a corner. Want more? Invest in a multi-armed coat stand or, if allowed, mount large coat hooks onto the wall.
Step 2: Party Day! ~ Furniture: if you can’t sit on it or place a drink on it, temporarily remove it to a friend's apartment or the hall. Free-up surfaces by relocating your knick-knacks to a box in your closet. Push remaining tables and chairs close to the walls. Think about traffic flow between the drink and food areas to maximize the mingle room. Arrange seating in semi-circular clusters. Set out the lounging pillow upon the floor.
Step 3: Refreshments ~ Good= a table against a wall for drinks. Better= an extra drink area on the kitchen counter. Even Better= add a decorated balcony drink station. Lay a large black trash bag within your kitchen sink and poke holes to drain away melted water. Fill it with loads of crushed ice. Trim bag with scissors, or cut 8 ‘spider’ legs. Place spring water and Etch-It-tagged clear plastic cups nearby for self-service. Serve finger-food with toothpicks on small plates and frequently empty kitchen and main room trash bins. Place food bowls, platters, plates and napkins on several different tables, to avoid crowding around a single area.
Step 4: The Setting ~ This will be a standing party, so don’t fret about the seating. Extra small tables, however, are a good thing to borrow. Hang a large mirror in your main room for increased light and maximum impression of space. Tape your spooky decorations to the ceiling and walls to keep surfaces clear and locate larger, involved decorations in the kitchen area and rest room. Take lots of candid shots of everyone. Make sure to include some of yourself. Have the TV on mute playing supernatural films with great special effects or Black & White classics. Greet your guests by having them smile for an Instagram then provide introductions as you walk them straight to a drink area. Use a spice-scented plugin to make it pleasant for a lot of people within a small space. Place a small fan on 'Low' under a table, facing the wall, which provides circulated air indirectly. Have paper towels handy and leave extra tissue rolls out in the rest room. Forget the dishes till the morning and enjoy your party with your guests!
Step 5: The Day After ~ Create a Facebook album, Pinterest board, or Instagram collection for everyone to access - the perfect conclusion to a terrific Halloween Party! Have you used other great ideas? Share them in the Comments =>
Studio floor plan diagram by Timi Burke, for Rent.com