Hosting a holiday party? Here are 5 space-saving tips

Storage Corner | November 1, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

Having friends and family over for the holidays can be a fun and rewarding experience. In addition, planning a full menu, as well as creating enough space in your home to host a large gathering, can be extremely stressful.

To make the big day run smoothly, you can do a number of things ahead of time, including cleaning out your refrigerator. In order to make your next holiday party at home a success, here are five space-saving tips we have for you.

1. Organize the table

In terms of holiday decorating, less is definitely more. Besides packing away any remaining Halloween decorations, you can maximize your space by keeping centerpieces and décor on your tables and serving areas to a minimum.

As a result, you will have more room to stage food and more space for your guests to eat.

Pro tip: Consider hanging decorations on the wall instead of taking up space on tables and counters when decorating for the holiday season.

2. Kitchen Declutter

During the holiday season, counter space is extremely valuable when cooking a large meal.

Get your kitchen decluttered a few days before Thanksgiving so you're not scrambling to find a place to carve the turkey on Thanksgiving.

You can always place small appliances, cookbooks, and decorations in a closet or nearby storage unit.

3. Rearrange the furniture

Every inch counts when hosting friends and family in a small space. Prepare each room of your home for your guests by organizing and clearing it of clutter before they arrive. Organize your furniture in a way that allows your guests to gather easily.

You can create more central space for tables by pushing sofas and chairs against the wall. Pro tip: Try moving some side tables into storage, even though it may seem counterintuitive. There will be more room for your guests to spread out.

4. Make sure the sides are not in the oven

Turkeys or hams are usually the stars of holiday meals. Depending on their size, these dishes can take 3-5 hours to roast in a typical oven.

Choosing appetizers and side dishes that don't require the use of your oven will help you utilize them for the majority of the day.

You can prepare salads and fresh fruit dishes as well as Thanksgiving favorites like stuffing with these easy recipes.

Pro tip: Alternatively, instant mashed potatoes can be made on the stovetop in a flash.

5. Distribute the food and drinks

Food and drinks are typically served near where guests congregate. Spread out guests in different areas if possible by setting up multiple serving areas.

Serve appetizers and your special holiday punch in different areas to avoid long lines.

It will only take a little planning and effort to make your home a welcoming place to entertain friends and family this holiday season.

At Storage Corner, we offer storage spaces of all sizes at any of our locations across Utah, Idaho & California if you need a little additional space.

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