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Monday
Nov072011

How to host THANKSGIVING in a SMALL space

Today's post is part of the #HolidayHQ Blog Hop. See the links below for more posts from the best party and entertaining experts!

Dinner a la coffee table.
This recipe is from the Junior League of Chicago cookbook. I'll share the recipe and do a book giveaway next Wednesday!

There's no doubt about it - small houses are the trend! Whether it's due to the economy or eco-consciousness, Americans are settling into cozier nests. For all the pluses of small-space living (easier to maintain, often close to more shopping, culture, restaurants, etc.), entertaining can be a challenge. Thanksgiving is a particularly tricky holiday, what with all the expectations of recreating that Normal Rockwell moment around the turkey. How to do it in your petite pied-à-terre? Let's address the issue of table space and kitchen space...

 

Table Space

No table? Remove the doorknob and hinges from a closet door and place it over two sawhorses (sometimes available for rent at a home improvement store). Cover with a festive tablecloth and no one's the wiser. OR arrange tray tables in a tight circle. Cover each with solid-colored fabric in different autumn hues for a pretty "fall leaves" effect.

Tiny table? Cover your dinette set with a protective piece of fabric. Put a large piece of plywood over that, and then a decorative tablecloth over the plywood. Voilà...bigger table!

 

Kitchen Space

Want to keep beverage-seekers out of the kitchen? Set up soda, wine, and craft beer in a cooler in the living area. I know, plastic coolers are not chic. So keep the cooler open and nicely arrange the bottles within. Cover the outside of the cooler and the open lid with festive fabric. You might have to replenish the ice once, but no one will mistake your Thanksgiving soiree for a tailgate BBQ.

Itty-bitty oven? Use your crockpot, darling! You can cook multiple Thanksgiving menu items in a slow cooker, including a turkey breast.

Not enough stovetop burners? Supplement with a hot plate or portable induction cooktop. Induction cooktops do not get hot to the touch, although you do need a clad pot in order to make the induction magic happen.

 

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The Daily Basics  |  Fall Door Decorating and the Best Recipe for Pumpkin Pie
The Gracious Girl  |  The Gift of Gratitude

Join us on Twitter this Thursday, November 10th 8pm EST for another #HolidayHQ chat. Get Thanksgiving ideas, recipes & tips from top crafting, foodie & entertaining experts

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Reader Comments (7)

Sending this link to my friends in NYC, these are great tips!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Sandomeno

Love your idea of transforming a door into a table!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth mascali

These are fabulous ideas. Love the added humor in your writing :)
Can't wait to read the recipe on Wednesday. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
-Molly

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Smith

Such a fabulous post, I agree with the others, you have the best humour, and ideas. This is a must read for everyone with a small space, can't wait to share them on Thursday. All the best, Coryanne

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCoryanne Ettiene

These are great tips for ANYone!

Such practical and doable tips! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLissa (Bellenza)

Great tips! My fave is the cooler idea, very smart. -Dani

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPear Tree Greetings

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