Must-Know Thanksgiving Hosting Tips for Renters
November 11, 2019
You don’t have to have a huge home in order to host Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re willing to think outside the box, you’ll have no trouble fitting your whole crew into your apartment! Here’s how to do it.
Get creative with dining areas. If your dining room or eat-in kitchen is simply too small to accommodate everyone, don’t stick to just that one space. Create dining areas throughout your home by adding extra folding chairs (or any type of seating you have on hand) and repurposing end tables, desks, or maybe a card table or two. You can also keep things more casual and encourage your guests to take their plates to the sofa or other comfy areas of your home.
Enlist your existing stuff. Don’t feel like you have to invest in a bunch of new hosting items in order to throw a great party! If you don’t have enough matching plates for everyone, mix and match what you do have to create a whimsical tablescape. If you’re missing a formal server, spread out the buffet on the kitchen counter instead. Try to see the potential in your existing pieces and make the most of them.
Don’t go overboard with the menu. Most renters have kitchens that are on the smaller side, too, which means a huge Thanksgiving turkey might not be in the cards. Consider crafting smaller dishes, even cutting casserole recipes in half, so you can accommodate everything in the fridge or freezer and on the kitchen table. Make as much ahead of time as possible to avoid a huge mess on Thanksgiving morning. Also, don’t hesitate to buy some dishes pre-made to keep cleanup to a minimum.
Make it a partial potluck. Your guests will more than likely ask what they can bring along, so let them pitch in! Have others make the salads, sides, and desserts while you focus on the main dishes.