When hosting in small spaces, challenges abound. How does one cook a meal for 10-12 guests in a barely-there kitchen? Who among small-space dwellers has room to store all the holiday decor and boughs of holly? And where should the welcome refreshments go when you have ambitiously planned a snack-fueled mingling and a subsequent sit-down dinner?
None of those quandaries have stopped Oakland residents Joe and Celia Catalino, restaurant veterans and co-founders of the sustainable wine club and online bottle shop, What To Drink, from being regular (and consummate) hosts. Over time, they have learned to cleverly work around their 700-square-foot, tight-squeeze of a home. Here, the couple—also parents to 10-year-old daughter, Lucia—allows us a peek into their full-house holiday festivities, and share expert tips that include how to combine the snacks and drinks table for efficiency, where to hide the clutter so guests don’t see it, and their picks for low-maintenance pre-batched cocktails.