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

tips for hosting ThanksgivingThanksgiving 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!

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9 Ways You Can Make the Most of a Small Space

how to make the most of a small spaceDoes your home or apartment have any small rooms that you just can’t seem to figure out? Do you always feel too cramped in your space and haven’t discovered any good ideas to not only make your space feel bigger but also maximize your usage of all the space in front of you?

Living in a small space can be challenging, but with a few good tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can optimize your space and come to love your small space! Here are 9 tips to help you do just that!

Think Vertically – Don’t let the vertical space go to waste! Use shelves as storage or hang art to bring a punch of color to your space. It will draw the eyes up and make the space feel more expansive than it actually is.

Install Cabinets That Reach the Ceiling – In the same vein as the previous tip, try to put these sorts of cabinets in your kitchen to help you store all of your dining materials. If you can, opt for light-colored cabinets or those that have glass-front doors to help lighten up the space and make it feel more luxurious. Too many cabinets, especially dark ones, will make the room feel smaller than it is.

Be Smart With Cleaning Supplies – Instead of storing multiple cleaning supplies in several rooms, fill a cleaning caddy with supplies that can be stored in the kitchen yet can still be transported around your home for cleaning. It will save you space and be more convenient when it comes to cleaning house!

Hang Up Your Flat Screen – Need some space in the living room? Try mounting your flat screen television on the wall. This will give you more space and will eliminate the need for a stand or an entertainment unit.

Hang Shelves Above the Toilet – The unused space on the wall behind the toilet is perfect for storing some of your bathroom necessities, especially if you have a tiny bathroom! Use decorative boxes on the shelves you install to hide the clutter, and label the boxes so that your items are easy to find.

Embrace Multifunctional Pieces – When it comes to small spaces, things that are multifunctional should be employed as often as possible. Find a table that can function as a dining table and possibly a desk as well. Get a deep sofa or even a daybed that can easily be turned into a guest bed when your friends stay over. Bring home a storage ottoman to give you extra seating, a little table, and a place to stash blankets. These pieces can help you transform a room in no time!

Trick Your Eyes – Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to make it appear larger! Create an illusion of expansiveness by using decorative slight of hand. Floor-to-ceiling curtains, see-through furnishings, and strategically-placed mirrors are some great examples to help make the room appear larger than it really is.

Use Bigger But Fewer Pieces of Furniture – Though it might seem counterintuitive, using just a few larger pieces of furniture in a small space can make the room seem grand. Invest in a large couch for your small living room instead of three or four smaller pieces, for instance.

Don’t Be Afraid to Customize – Customized pieces in a small space can help you stay more organized while letting your space look amazing. Built-ins, storage nooks, and other pieces of furniture that are tailored to your exact needs can help you utilize every teeny tiny bit of space your home has to offer.

If you still aren’t satisfied living in close quarters, just pick up the phone and call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! Visit our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see our current listings and find the home of your dreams!