Monday, November 24, 2014

Feeling Cramped? How to Host a Thanksgiving Feast In a Small Living Space!

How to Host a Thanksgiving Feast In a Small Living Space!Small home?  You can still enjoy the holidays! Thanksgiving is finally upon us and if you're scrambling around at the last minute wondering how to fit everyone, we have some great tips on how to host thanksgiving in a small living space!

In our busy lives, it can be hard enough to wrangle everyone together for a holiday meal. So once you have them gathered, have peace of mind knowing they will sit, eat and celebrate comfortably!

  • Move all of the small living room and dining room furniture to the sides (or, in my friend’s case, end tables, lamps, and ottoman will go to her bedroom) to showcase a long dining table in the middle (or two folding tables end-to-end).
  • Create a “kids’ table” using the patio or low coffee table with floor seating over a large, washable mat or rug.
  • Clear off all small appliances like the blender, toaster, and coffee pot (to be used later with pie!), leaving more counter space for food prep or appetizer dishes.
  • Use strategically-placed coolers for drinks so the refrigerator can hold the salads and other side items needing refrigeration.
  • Use crock pots and hot plates instead of the stove to keep items warm and eliminate the heat that using both burners and an oven can sometimes create.
  • Hang fall d├ęcor to create more floor space, and use string lighting and ceiling lamps for room lighting (that floor lamp just took up too much space – it had to go!).
  • Forget what your mom (and grandma) said about having to use fine china at Thanksgiving! Use good quality, disposable cutlery and plates to make clean-up a breeze.
  • Instead of your standard kitchen trash can, use a long cardboard box sectioned out with bags to separate plastic, cans, and trash – this way, it will be easier to take out and not such an eyesore as the box sits low to the ground.
  • Use the sofa! Carts, card tables, and TV trays allow some visitors to utilize the sofa as extra seating during dinner.
  • Don’t take on all of the responsibility – make it a Thanksgiving potluck and ask everyone to bring a side dish or dessert!  (thanks to Judy Pearson!)
Here at Unique Home Building, we specialize in making a house your home. We hope these tips help you have a wonderful holiday this year. And maybe, you'll even be inspired to give your family the gift of a remodel for next year?  We are just a phone call away! 


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