Green Door Hospitality

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Holiday Entertaining: Making the Most Out of Your Space

When planning our ‘Thankful with Friends’ dinner party, we were faced with a challenge of space.  We were not having a huge party, but still — where do we fit everyone for a seated dinner?  And once we’ve tackled that problem, where do we have room for food and drink tables?  Space wasn’t the only issue.  We also needed to figure out what we would use as serving surfaces, dining tables, etc.  Renting tables was not part of the budget and our dining room table at most could seat 8 people, and we had Thirteen at Dinner. (Don’t worry, no murder mysteries at our Thanksgiving!)

This was our current space to work with:

Dining Room

Living Room

Living Room

We decided to make the most out of our living room and dining room space, since we have such a great open room concept.  We moved the large couch to the far wall to create a seating area for guests to rest and visit prior to dinner.  The small love seat and coffee table were stored in other rooms.  We then utilized the large table that we keep in the garage for a tool bench as the second dining table.  My dresser got moved out to become the beverage table.  The small buffet in the dining room got moved to a wall and used as the dessert table.  And we brought the table we keep in the study in for the food buffet.  We were able to create a nice flow throughout the space.  And by looking around at what we had on hand, we were able to keep the party within budget.

The Solution:

Thankful with Friends Tables

Thankful with Friends Tables

Thankful with Friends Bar

Thanksgiving Apple and Pecan Pies

12 comments on “Holiday Entertaining: Making the Most Out of Your Space

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    November 27, 2012

    Love your new holiday header. Great post. You always give the best tips.


  2. rutefv
    November 27, 2012


  3. Pillows A-La-Mode
    November 27, 2012

    Your home is so lovely! 🙂

  4. putneyfarm
    November 27, 2012

    Great post– and well done!

  5. petit4chocolatier
    November 27, 2012

    Your home is beautiful!!

  6. gotasté
    November 28, 2012

    simply gorgeous!

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