Host a Big Dinner Party From a Tiny Kitchen

"I wanted to have a dinner for my boyfriend's birthday," says Iris Thompson, a marketing manager in Long Island City, N.Y., "but I knew it was going to be tough. My kitchen is the size of the average person's bathroom."

Just because you are working out of a kitchen that is best-suited to a small family of mice, doesn't mean you can't pull off a fantastic night in for a group of your friends, big or small. All it takes is a little creativity and forethought, and you can turn a hot plate into an oven -- albeit a Dutch oven -- if that's all you have to work with.

Here are a few tips for how to host a big-girl party in a little-girl kitchen: