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11.18.2009

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving in a Small Space


1. Catch up with the cleaning, repairs, and other home improvements that you have been meaning to do - but try to complete several days in advance.  This is not a time to take on massive home improvements, but oil the squeaky door and hanging a framed photograph that has been leaned up against the wall for months will make you feel more at ease.  Or maybe install a dimmer switch on the glaring overhead light and satisfy tips 1 & 2.   


2. Do something to your apartment to make this meal special.  For example, put a tablecloth on the table, buy new glasses (see my previous post for ideas), serve sparkling water, use cloth napkins, make a dinner playlist, (I like music in other languages or without words as to not distract from conversation), use placecards, or print a menu.  Just because there is not a lot of room doesn’t mean it should have a big impact.

3.  Flowers and candles, treat your space as important and others will to.

4. Consider moving some of your furniture out of the common space, but make sure there is enough seating for everyone.  If you don't have room to move or store your furniture elseware, at the very least clear clutter to keep the space looking streamlined and not chaotic.

5. Consider where you want your guests to be while you are cooking, my kitchen just doesn’t have space for more than one person, and since that is where most people gravitate to, make another space just as inviting.  Keep appetizers and the alcohol in that area to keep them occupied while they wait for dinner. 

6.  After dinner, do the dishes and sweep the kitchen floor, this may be the last thing you want to do after eating 5 pounds of food, but you will be thankful you don’t have to clean in the morning.

7. Most importantly, relax and your guests will too.

Remember, even through you have a small apartment, it is important to the soul of your home to entertain and create happy memories.

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