|Raclette Party for 14|
First, find out if your building has a meeting table and folding chairs.
I used to sneak and take the chairs and a table from the basement in my building. Now I just ask my super and he brings them to my apartment so I don't have to ask any friends to come early and lug the table and chairs up from the basement. Just be sure to return them, and give the super a tip if he does the lugging.
You should always have enough chairs for your guests, even if it is not a sit-down dinner. Nobody wants to eat standing up. And a dinner party should really have both table space and chair space.
If you like to entertain, invest in a table that opens up. You probably don't want a giant table in a small apartment, so if you have a small table that opens up to be a large table, that's great. I'm fortunate that my Aunt Mollie Bayroff left me her beautiful table that closes to about 2' wide and opens to sit 12 people. Perfect for the City.