How to Host a Holiday in a Small Space
The majority of us have a house that fits our family members well, with an extra room for guests or visitors, but it’s rare that we have a house that has room to spare for an extra 12+ people. If adding a home addition or completing a dream remodel isn’t in the cards for you right now, we have some simple tricks that will have you looking like the ultimate holiday host - no matter how many people show up!
1. Hide the Clutter. We are not saying you have a messy house, but non-essential decor items may just get in the way when you have that many people in your home at once, especially if there are little ones or pets running around. You need to make temporary changes to make entertaining that many guests comfortable and functional. This is the only time you have permission to stash clutter in closets, under your bed or in the garage.
2. Plan Ahead. If you are able, do as much as you can ahead of time, you’ll be able to enjoy your own party while socializing with guests. Serve a light appetizer in the beginning to help stall your guests while you wait for your main course to cook in the oven.
3. Designate Areas. If you have areas already laid out for specific things, your guests will get a clue and know to follow suit instead of bothering you every second with a question. Clear a coatrack for guests to place their belongings, and a shoe rack to keep everything neat and tidy. Manage kitchen crowders by setting up a bar cart far from the cooking quarters and to better manage foot traffic. Set up the dessert bar alongside your sideboard in the living room. This will also help guests flow through the entire house, instead of congregating in one room where it will feel a lot more cramped.
4. Bring in Furniture. Chances are you don’t have a dining table that seats more than 12 people. For a casual look, invest in ottomans or morrocan poufs for seating or rent items you may need from an event rental company. You can order basic cardtables, place them together to create one long look and fancy it up with a beautiful table cloth and table setting. Voila! No one will know the type of quality hiding beneath it’s beauty.
5. Let it Flow. Overcrowded and small spaces can heat up quickly. With your oven working overtime and your guests dressing for winter weather, it can create quite the hot box in anyone’s home. Let fresh air in prior to guests arrival and create an inviting ambiance for guests to step outside in your backyard, if they need to take a breather.
Hosting a gathering in any size space is stressful in itself. Try to remember the meaning behind the holidays and how important it is for you to enjoy the company, good food and laughter from the friends and family around you. Things may not go as smoothly as you had hoped, but if you can roll with the punches, than hosting the main event will be surely be a big success!