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Hosting Thanksgiving is a fun and rewarding experience, though if you reside in a small living space, it can feel like a daunting — or even impossible — task. In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth, especially if you adhere to the following surefire tips.

Read on to discover the easiest and best ways to host Thanksgiving in a small living space!

Angle Your Table
We’ve all certainly been there when it comes to eating in a small living space: consuming meals over the kitchen counter or on our laps while sitting on the couch. But when it comes to hosting for the holidays, a large table is definitely in order. What to do, then? It’s simpler than you might think: All you have to do is set up your dining table at an angle away from the wall. Instead of setting it up parallel to a wall, run it right through the middle of the apartment at whatever angle gives you the most space. This will give you some extra square feet to work with, and you and your guests won’t feel squashed or closed in. It will also create the illusion of a larger space.

A Holiday Buffet Is A-OK

If putting a dining table in your space isn’t your thing, that’s perfectly okay. You can go the buffet route instead. Set up a makeshift buffet on your kitchen counter, or even dinner table (just keep the chairs in a  separate room to providing seating for guests in conversation spaces. Your guests can help themselves to whatever they like and eat comfortably in the living room or on the floor. You can even throw a large picnic blanket on the floor for guests to sit on. This is a fun and more casual way to do a holiday meal that can really pay off: It will feel warmer, friendlier and more intimate than the usual formal affair.

If you do have a dining table and not much counter space for a buffet or making each person’s plate for them, you can always go for the “family-style” dinner table.

Conversation Space

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When having a holiday party in a small space, it’s tempting to want to push all of your furniture against the wall to make space. But this can look clunky and awkward. Instead, opt for creating conversation spaces. Angle a few chairs close to each other, here and there, and place some closer to the couch so there are different areas for your friends and family to hang out and chat. Be sure to set out appetizers and snacks in these spaces to keep your guests happy!

A small living space means that sometimes things will feel pretty cluttered. There isn’t a lot of extra room to keep all of your belongings, and so things can get a little crowded. When hosting for the holidays, your best bet is to take all the stuff you don’t absolutely need for your event and stick them in another room for the time being. This will open up a ton more space and make your apartment look cleaner and more organized.

Get Creative

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Living in a small space means you might not have all the amenities needed for hosting a holiday party. But that shouldn’t hinder you at all. All you have to do is get creative! If you don’t have enough chairs, use a step-stool or even a stack of throw pillows. If you want to go the dining table route but can’t afford one, push two smaller (and inexpensive) tables together. You can also use paper plates and plastic cups if you’re short on dining ware, have some pretty ones on hand. The possibilities are endless, and your guests will certainly admire your ability to be creative and fun in a pinch.


Ah, the age-old mirror trick. The reflection of mirrors makes your space seem larger. This is something to invest in even without a holiday party to host, but it’ll absolutely make your guests feel like your living space is larger and more spacious than it actually is. Strategically place some mirrors on the walls near the dining area and conversation areas to give your apartment more light and create the illusion of more space.

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Hi! I’m Maria, formerly the Social Media & Content Marketing Manager for ForRent.com. I was part of a dream team that is dedicated to running this awesome blog along with ForRent.com's social channels. If I am not busy writing blogs and socially sharing, you can find me working out, drinking cappuccinos, stylizing my apartment and doing DIY projects!

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