Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and feasts, but hosting dinner in a tiny space might be a challenge. If that sounds familiar, you’ve come to the right place. At 92101 Urban Living, we’ve seen it all and offer the following list of ideas that might make playing host a little easier.
Sure, it sounds like common sense, but failing to create a strategy for turkey day can lead to a lot of stress and a lot of mess. Limit the number of dishes you’re personally responsibly for to just four, figure out what needs to be cooked and when, as well as what can be made in advance and reheated, decide how you’ll lay everything out, and prep as much as possible before Thanksgiving to limit the space you need on the actual day.
Living Room or Dining Room
Clear up clutter and move around the furniture to create room for the dining table in the living room. If your table isn’t big enough to seat all your guests or you don’t have enough chairs, try crowdsourcing both from sites like Nextdoor or serve the meal buffet style and encourage people to sit where they like—including the couch.
You’re in Pot Luck
Before inviting guests for the event, make a detailed list of the items you would like to enjoy for the feast such as appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and drinks. When guests ask what they can bring, give them an item that fits into one or more of the categories. By hosting Thanksgiving potluck style, you’ll need less space to prep and cook.
Bright and Breezy
Open up blinds and curtains to let natural light in. If the weather permits, open the windows so the fresh air can blow into the room. This will make the space feel larger and more airy, plus you can show off your views of the skyline or people watch from your Marina District condo. If you have a patio or nice balcony it will give your guests more space to mingle and freely enjoy their dinner.
Less Mess Means Less Stress
Cleaning up as you. While preparing food, clean the pots, pans and other tools. As guests finish their meals, begin washing the dishes and cleaning the table, as well as the kitchen and preparation area. Nobody likes a messy kitchen, and when the space is limited, it is important to keep the space tidy and free of messes, clutter, and additional stress added to the holiday meal!
Wishing you and yours a fun and tasty Thanksgiving! ')}