7 Incredibly Handy Tips to Help You Host Thanksgiving in a Small Space

Thanksgiving-PartyThanksgiving is upon us, a time in which we take a day out of our busy schedules to spend with our friends and family, reflect on all the good things in our lives, and, of course, eat delicious food. For those who live in small spaces, however, Thanksgiving winds up being one of the many holidays that is either incredibly challenging to host or is celebrated in a larger space elsewhere.

If you’ve dreamed of hosting your very own Thanksgiving party or any other large holiday gathering but lack the space to do so, don’t sell yourself (and your space) short! Tap into your inner host and get creative this Thanksgiving with these 7 tips!

Cook Before Company Comes – Space is going to be of the essence, so make sure to do as much prep work ahead of time as you can. You won’t only feel more relaxed, but you will also free up some space in the kitchen!

Rearrange Furniture – If your dining room is small or nonexistent, try thinking outside the box and moving your furniture around. You can make the living room a dining room by strategically shuffling around the couch and tables and making room for a table for you and your guests. If you happen to have a spacious deck or a roomy garage, you could also consider serving the meal in those spaces instead.

Get Creative With Seating – Don’t have enough seating for everyone? No need to worry! You can either choose to get fancy and rent out some matching folding chairs or you can improvise like the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving. Bring out benches, sofas, comfy chairs, and the like for your guests to use as seats. If you only have a low table, simply line the floor with comfortable, eye-catching cushions for everyone to sit on.

Drum Up Some Tables – If you’re lacking in tables or don’t have large enough ones, look around to see if you can use any sort of surface as a table for the meal. Desks, food trays, kitchen carts, and even end tables are fair game. Don’t concern yourself with making things at even heights. So long as you have sturdy surfaces to enjoy your food on, no one will mind a few inches’ difference!

Decorate With Food – You probably won’t have very much room at all for any sort of holiday decorations. Get creative by making some yummy desserts in the shape of a turkey or owl. You can find several of these easy, delightful desserts on handy sites such as Pinterest!

Use The Ceiling Space for Decorations – If you really want to decorate with something that isn’t food, there’s hope! Since tables and floor space will be pretty much out of the question, try hanging decorations from the ceiling. From Christmas lights to fun banners and everything in between, the possibilities are practically endless!

Silence Your Inner Perfectionist – Let’s face it, your Thanksgiving feast isn’t going to look like a magazine cover. More than likely your seat coverings won’t match and your tables will probably not line up perfectly. Don’t let this ruin your day! Remember, your guests aren’t going to remember these little imperfections. Instead, they will savor the delicious food and have fond memories of the great company they shared that day. Let go and embrace the day!

In the hunt for a bigger home for future get-togethers? Need help selling your home? You’ve come to the right place! Just pick up the phone and dial the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also learn more about us or view our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Science Says Don’t Rake Your Leaves, But What About Your Curb Appeal? We Have the Answer!

mulch your leavesAutumn is undoubtedly a stunning season here in the Greater St. Louis region. Each year, we are treated to seas of gold, ruby, and burnt orange in our neighborhoods, our favorite local parks, and along the roads that we travel each day. While the leaves on the trees are one of the residents’ favorite things about the fall season, the leaves that fall off the trees and blanket the ground soon become an annoyance and burden for many homeowners. After all, raking is an arduous task to tackle, and many homeowners just wish the leaves would magically blow away.

Just a few days ago, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) released a report stating that homeowners everywhere should greatly consider leaving their leaves on the ground alone. The Federation says that leaves on the ground act as a mini ecosystem for a variety of species such as chipmunks, turtles, salamanders, toads, and several helpful insects, providing them with shelter and food throughout the fall and winter months. If you’re a butterfly fan, you’ll definitely want to reconsider raking those leaves, the NFW says, because various species of butterflies live in the leaves as pupae during the winter.

You might be rejoicing at this science-backed “excuse” to leave the leaves alone, but what if you’re trying to sell your home? After all, curb appeal is essential when it comes to enticing potential homebuyers to come in and look at everything your home has to offer. A yard littered with leaves can look unkempt and can possibly scare away those in the hunt for a new home. What’s a seller to do?

We have the answer that you’re searching for: mulch them!

If you want your yard looking picked up and neat but still want to take care of the environment, just cut the grass in your yard and mulch up the leaves. It won’t only be good for the mini-ecosystem around your home, but it will also serve as fertilizer for your grass. You can also scatter the mulch in your planting beds to provide them with rich nutrients and guard them from sneaky weeds. Plus, mulching takes much less time to do than raking, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy your yard and the fall season with your loved ones!

Unable to mulch them? It’s best to rake them up for aesthetic purposes. Remember, a well-kept lawn will enhance your home’s curb appeal by leaps and bounds!

Looking for more fall tips? Want to know how you can make your yard look the best it can to entice those buyers? Call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to look at our listings, learn more about us, or read more great tips!