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Home visit: tips for entertaining in a small space

How do you pull off a gathering in a super small apartment? When we visited Yvet and her friends, she showed us how having no space for a dining table gave her the idea for a picnic in bed…
Yvet and her friends gathered on the sofa and bed  with large windows behind.
Try a bed picnic
It sounds unconventional, but it’s actually very cosy! A double bed provides plenty of space for a few friends to lounge. To create a set-up that’s practical, use a throw as a picnic blanket to catch crumbs and protect the bedlinen. Prop pillows up against the wall for extra comfort.
Add side table service
Without a flat surface it’s not easy keep glasses topped up. Instead, move a side table alongside the bed so that drinks are always close at hand. Yvet’s BURVIK table is usually for her bedside essentials, but because it’s lightweight and designed with a handle, it makes for the perfect portable drinks station.
Yvet places a glass on a shelf with a lamp, speaker and plants.
Soundtrack your gathering
Use music to set the mood. Make a collaborative playlist that guests can contribute to. With the ENEBY Bluetooth® speaker, it’s easy to connect and play. ‘I love it when friends make playlists for when they come over. Some of our favourite tracks for a calm vibe are Don’t Bother Calling by Moses Sumney and Running by Abi Ocia,’ says Yvet.
Serve up relaxed style
Arrange food on large chopping boards and serving stands instead of lots of plates. Not only does it mean fewer trips from the kitchen, the rustic wood adds points for presentation (without having to make too much effort!).
Yvet and her friend sitting around a sharing platter of sushi on the bed.
Close for comfort
‘I find that having a tiny home is much nicer for entertaining. The best thing is that wherever we get comfy, we’re never far from each other,’ says Yvet. ‘I have lots of slumber parties with friends so I’m used to sharing this space – we see it as an extension of the living room.’



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Made By
Interior designer: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards
Follow Yvet on Instagram: @yvetvandernaalt