When you live in a small house or apartment, how do you host Thanksgiving and make room for all of your friends and family? While it may not be possible to increase the size of your home before the holidays hit this year, there are a few ways you may be able to make it seem bigger. The following small space party ideas may help you create more room to accommodate your guests this Thanksgiving.
While this probably won’t work if you are in an apartment, if you live in a small house or condo, park your car outside for the night and turn your garage into an extra room. The DIY Network recommends putting couches and other seating in the garage to create an additional place for guests to socialize. This can clear space within the house for a large dinner table so you can accommodate more people during the meal. But, keep in mind, if you live in a place with a colder climate, you may want to invest in some space heaters and blankets to keep the garage a more comfortable temperature. (Don’t forget to follow safety tips if you opt for a space heater!)
Another idea the DIY Network suggests when entertaining in small spaces is to make smart use of your furniture. If you have a desk or shelves near the dinner table or kitchen, you can use those flat surfaces as serving stations for appetizers and drinks or set dinner on them to go buffet-style. This will make extra room on the dinner table and create a more comfortable dining space. You can also use pulled-out, empty drawers from a TV stand or an entertainment center as mini food or drink stations around the room.
Plates and serving trays can take up a lot of space on a table. To maximize space when sitting down for dinner, Darling Magazine recommends using vertical serving stands. These often come as tiered platters, which can be great for desserts, appetizers or even side dishes, and because they are usually taller than they are wide, they use less surface area on the table.
Piling up your guests’ coats and purses on couches takes away prime real estate for sitting. Instead of filling your seating areas with outerwear, Zillow suggests putting them in your bedroom and away from the party. If you have other miscellaneous items cluttering your tables and sitting spaces, such as magazines, books, decorations or small pieces of furniture you can’t sit on, you can put those in the bathtub to keep them away from the crowd. (Just make sure the bathtub is nice and dry first!) But keep in mind, it’s a good idea to close the curtain or door so guests don’t see the pile when they use the restroom.
When you’re celebrating the holiday at your not-so-huge home, if you don’t know how to make the most of your space, your guests may be uncomfortable. Follow these simple tips for a more accommodating Thanksgiving in a small house or apartment and give your guests one more reason to be grateful.