HOLIDAY HOSTING IN SMALL SPACES
Gatherings of family and friends
are a big part of the holiday season.
Hosting such gatherings can be a
great way to show loved ones how
much you appreciate them, and
hosting also saves hosts the trouble
of traveling during one of the most
hectic travel seasons of the year.
When hosting a large crowd at
home, space can be a diffi cult hurdle
to clear. However, a few helpful
strategies can help space-starved
hosts pull off a holiday soiree where
everyone is comfortable.
• Pare down the menu. Holiday
feasts don’t have to resemble
medieval banquets with excessive
amounts of food and drink. Hosts
with small kitchens and tiny dining
quarters can pare down the menu,
limiting offerings to just a single
entree and a few simple side dishes,
so everyone feels comfortable at the
table and has ample room to eat. A
small menu also gives hosts more
time to spend with their loved ones
during the festivities.
• Don’t overdo it on drinks, either.
When planning the drinks menu,
avoid offering cocktails, which take
time to prepare and often require
guests to visit the kitchen for
refrigerated ingredients. Limit drinks
A small menu also gives hosts
more time to spend with their
loved ones during the festivities.
to wine, beer, water, and soft drinks,
storing cold beverages in a cooler
kept outside on a front or back porch
or in an area outside the kitchen so
cooks can work without interruption.
• Move some furniture. If your
main living space is small, consider
moving some bulky furniture into
a bedroom or offi ce where guests
won’t be spending time. Then make
better use of the open living space
by placing folding chairs or other
accommodations to ensure there’s
ample seating for everyone. A single
recliner can only be enjoyed by one
person, but removing it from a room
may create enough space for as many
as three folding chairs.
• Go small on decorations. If you
know you’ll be hosting in advance
of the holiday season, decorate
with guests in mind. That might
mean skipping a six-foot Christmas
tree in favor of one that takes up
less space. Avoid leaving any
fragile decorations out, as adults
or overexcited kids may knock
them over as they try to navigate a
Holiday hosting can be fun, even in
small spaces. A few simple tricks
can make even the smallest spaces
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