Make Way For Turkey Day!
As Thanksgiving draws closer, so do the thoughts of spending time with family and friends, and so much great food. A delicious tender turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie laid out on a well decorated table that celebrates the time we take to give thanks. But with a tiny home, do we have to give all of that up if we choose to have dinner at our house? Absolutely not! With a little planning and creativity, your Tiny Thanksgiving will be a hit!
Plan For The Space You Have
First take a look at what space you are working with. In most tiny homes, a large dining table is not available. So instead you may want to serve dinner buffet style. If the weather permits, eating outside may also be an option as it will give you more space for bigger crowds.
Now, let’s talk cooking. Is your oven big enough to cook a whole turkey? Do you have enough burners to cook everything you have planned? How about prep space? There is no shame in your game if you choose to buy and serve pre-made items. If this isn’t an option for you, then simply precook as many items the day before and then warm up your dishes on Thanksgiving Day.
Clean Out That Fridge!
The days leading up to turkey day will require you to buy your food items before, including the turkey. Most turkeys come frozen and will take several days to thaw. Before you buy groceries, clean out your fridge. Get rid of old leftovers, consolidate those three opened bottles of ketchup you have, and make as much space as you can. You will need it!
Be Strategic With Your Furniture
Take a look at the furniture you have in your tiny home. Is there enough room for people to comfortably visit with one another? Is there plenty of space for people to sit and eat? How can you move the furniture around to your advantage? For instance, you may choose to move that big sofa to another area that won’t be used to make way for a larger table. Or possibly move smaller pieces such as lamps and small tables elsewhere. Visualize your space and decide what move will make everything flow better.
Don’t Worry With Sitting Everyone Together
Thanksgiving dinner is about your loved ones being together. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will sit around a big table together. In a tiny home, there simply isn’t the room. Some guests may prefer sitting at the table, some may want to gather around the tv to watch the NFL. Be flexible and allow guests to eat where they decide, this will cut your stress down tremendously.
Pack Up The Leftovers
Once dinner is done, go ahead and start packing up the leftovers. By getting the kitchen cleaned up, and everything put away, you will free up more space for everyone. Plus, you will have more help to get it all done faster. As your guests leave, offer to let them take some of the leftovers with them. This will free up your refrigerator quickly so you can restock.
Thanksgiving Dinner is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks for all the blessings they have in life. This doesn’t change when living in a tiny home. With a little creativity, and the tips we have given, you can easily host a Thanksgiving Dinner full of wonderful memories.
Until next time, live tiny y’all.