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The holiday season is just around the corner. Things are about to get crazy. You’ve got a lot of people coming over, a feast to prepare for and maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by having so many people over. If so, you’re not alone. You might be surprised at how many calls we get after the holidays from people that realize they simply can’t host they way they’d like to and it’s time to add on and remodel for more space. Perhaps you’ll be one of them? Perhaps not. What I do know is that you can’t remodel right now and you still have a house full of people heading your way. So you need ideas. Fast.
Good thing we’ve got just what you need.
First of all, get rid of any large or mainly decorative furniture for now. Store it away in another room or garage. Things like ottomans, chaise lounges and such.
Next, think bigger. Instead of having a giant tree on the floor, consider using garland instead, along the ceiling or around the windows. Alternatively, you could use garland to create a tree shape on the wall above a shelf, so that you have the feeling of a tree and can use the shelf for storing gifts.
For hosting meals like Thanksgiving, remember that it’s the togetherness that counts. Not everyone needs a long table to eat from. So use the table to store all the dishes and have everyone sit in a circle or in clusters around the living room. You could rent folding chairs and card tables (drape with a tablecloth and top with some candles and pinecones and no one will know!). Another idea is to provide sitting pillows for your guests to sit on the floor communally and comfortably wherever they like- leaving the tables and chairs for those that have a harder time with floor seating.
Keep in mind that many people are standers. They never end up needing a seat because they love to stand, graze the table and migrate from one conversation to the next. Remember that this will happen often so there’s likely nothing to stress about.
Another reminder is that it doesn’t need to be a big to-do. Consider having your feast be more of a potluck so you have less on your plate. (pun intended!) Planning a feast is one big feat – cooking one on top of it may be more than necessary. If you’re the one opening your home up for the gathering, make a dish but leave the main cooking to those you’ll be entertaining.
Of course, it all comes down to relaxing about the whole thing and using your imagination. And remember, you can plan for next year too with a smart room addition or remodel that makes entertaining an easy and beautiful no-brainer. Call Unique Home Building for more info today.