Guest Post by Tonita
Some people like to entertain or host holiday parties. Tiny house owners might shy away from any thought of it due to not having an adequate amount of space where people can be seated somewhat comfortably.
Dinner parties can be fun in a tiny house, that is of course if your guests are not claustrophobic, and you don’t serve Mexican food in such a small space.
Here are some tips to create a festive holiday party in your tiny home.
You might also want to check out my Pink Christmas in a Tiny House post.
Before building your tiny home decide in advance if this is something you are interested in. If so, I highly recommend using a standard size front door in your tiny home. This will provide your guests as well as yourself a more comfortable entry into your tiny abode. It will also allow you to move in a table that will seat up to four guests comfortably, that is if you build your home at least eight feet wide by eighteen (ish) feet long. Of course there is always an option to purchase a table with removable legs or a fold down compact table and chairs in order to move it through a tiny door that is not a standard size. However, with tiny non standard front doors your furniture options become a bit more limited. If you live in a teeny tiny house I recommend a buffet style dinner or skipping dinner altogether and just drink beer and eat peanuts with your friends and call it a mini party.
One good thing about hosting a dinner party (or any party) in a small or even tiny home is that there is not much square footage for you to clean before hand. The down side is that there is not much storage space for things you may want out of your guests view. This is where your shower stall or bathtub will come in handy. You might also use this area to hold ice and cold drinks. I have a vintage coat and hat rack attached to the wall above my bathtub. It works great for hanging guests coats, purses, or other items while allowing me to use the bathtub for temporary storage.
You might consider cooking a meal ahead of time so that you can hang out with your guests and relax. Serving food buffet style is also a popular option as well as using paper plates and cups for easy clean up. For my Valentines dinner party I am planning a sit down dinner for guests. After dinner the table will be cleared for more elbow room as we enjoy dessert. With a good size table you have options to play cards or board games after dinner if you choose.
You may want to decorate your tiny home and make it festive for holidays or on special occasions. This is not only fun but it is also memorable for your guests. Not everyone who owns a tiny home is a full fledged minimalist. I admit that I am not even near to being a minimalist, nor do I care to be. I like to shop and I like my stuff. There are those who like the concept of a tiny house but don’t want to part with nick knacks, collections, hobbies and so forth. Good news, you don’t have to. There is no law that says you can not have a storage shed or storage rental unit full of your beloved treasures that serve no other purpose than to make you smile. In fact, I can not imagine living in a tiny space looking at the same window coverings, furniture, pictures and so forth day in and day out for years on end. Hats off to the minimalists, but that is just not my style. I like to decorate for each holiday, as well as change things out and mix things up a bit for some variety throughout the year.
For my dinner party I pulled out my Valentines Day decorations. Even though my tiny house is just 8′ x 18′ (on the inside) I filled her with Valentine décor both inside and outside on the 6′ x 8′ front porch. So, come along with me to take a look at my shabby chic tiny retreat in her Valentines dinner party décor. Hearts, angels, roses, candles and lace fill all corners of my home and spill over to the front porch where a lavender topiary is dressed in tiny red hearts.
Thanks for stopping by my girl cave. Hope your life is filled with love this Valentines Day.
This is a guest post by Tonita from Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat.
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