There’s a simple fix for this: Have everything ready to go before guests arrive. Choose foods that simply need minor finishing touches. Ruben suggests a stew or pizzas -- something that can be strategically placed on the stove, an ideal space-saving spot to serve up the goods. Self-contained meals are the best, Needle says, like “individual beef wellingtons or pot pies... fork food that you don’t need to cut with a knife.”
Lack of space also leaves little room for dirty silverware and dishes. Ruben says in this case, disposables aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They allow for quick self-service and an easy clean up, which leaves more time to eat, drink, and be merry (and drink some more).