Buffet Style DinnerSave some space on the table and have your side dishes set up in a buffet style. Leave a few of the dishes on the counter, stovetop or island and guests can come and go serving themselves as they please. In addition, it will mean there is less to clear away when you transition from dinner to dessert.
StorageSmall kitchens can be one of the bigger challenges when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving, or any dinner party. So it comes in handy to be a bit creative when it comes to finding space. Sometimes, the packaging can take up more space than the item itself. For example, plastic tubs that fruit and veggies come in often take up a lot of space. After washing them, it may be a good idea to transfer them into a ziplock bag. In addition, use a cooler full of ice to keep your beverages cool to open up valuable fridge and counter space.
RearrangeDon't be afraid to rearrange furniture for the evening. It may be a good idea to swap the living and dining areas. Shift your living room furniture to the side, or use your spare room as storage for the time being to make room for the table. Having the table in the living space creates more room for people to enjoy a comfortable Thanksgiving meal. Although it doesn't make sense to have it there on a daily basis, it makes sense to move everything around to create more space a better flow.
De-ClutterWhen you host a big dinner in a small area, you need to make room for your guests. Clear away the knick-knacks and create space for your guests to place their drinks. Throw your outerwear in your room to make room for your guest's jackets in the entrance closet. If you keep your shoes near the entranceway, clear them away so your guests have room for their shoes.
Be Flexible!Being flexible is one of the biggest things that you have to do while hosting in a smaller space. Focus on the mix, not the match. Be creative when decorating and planning. It's ok if your dinner isn't perfect. Being together with friends and family is the most important part of Thanksgiving.
You may think that your condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is to small to host Thanksgiving this year, but with a little planning and creativity, you can be a great host! Plus, what's more relaxing than sipping on a hot beverage looking out the window at a gorgeous lake view with the people you love most! Just remember that your event doesn't have to be perfect, just remember that it's all about spending time with your family and friends.