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Have you ever put plans for hosting on hold because your space is a tad too small? Stop this insanity. When it comes to entertaining, square inches shouldn’t even come into play. Small-space dwellers, live it up–and follow these tried-and-true tricks. 

go easy on flowers.

Cluster small blooms in a handful of mini vases, or put one at each place setting. For a splashy look, fill lofty, narrow vessels with towering stalks or leafy branches that spread upward.

lose the wine bottles.

To avoid crowding the table with umpteen bottles of Chardonnay, use carafes that hold two or more bottles at a go.

keep things within reach.

Position two large water pitchers near the table’s center, and install a set of diminutive salt and pepper shakers at each end.

use the whole room.

After serving the main course, place the platters on a nearby console for easy second helpings.