The holidays are here, and that means gathering with your family and friends to celebrate. While having a spacious home is ideal for these types of things, it doesn’t mean that you can’t entertain if you don’t have it. There are ways you can work around your lack of space and you don’t have to sacrifice your holiday home decors.
If you live in a studio apartment or in a home with a limited amount of space, learn to utilize the open space. You will also need to learn how to place decors strategically or otherwise, you and your guests might have to tiptoe around your home. Here are some ideas for space-saving home decorations:
Hanging Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic decors for the holidays, and a house whose inhabitants celebrate the Yuletide seems empty without it. Those who grew up with a Christmas tree know that it can be bulky and takes so much space. Those who opt to get real trees have to contend with watering them daily and keeping them away from molds and bugs, which is a lot of work on top of costing a lot of money.
If you have limited space in your house or apartment, get an artificial tree that already comes with lights. Instead of setting it up on the floor, as usual, hang it up on a wall instead. You may not have the traditions you have had when you were younger, but this is a good alternative if you absolutely must have a tree when entertaining for your holiday parties.
Display Food with Tiered Platters
The problem with having a dedicated food table is that it can take a lot of space and your guests will inevitably crowd around it. Instead of doing that, distribute your food around your entertainment space and use serving platters or utilize a cake and dessert stand to save space.
Using tiered platters will make your food displays look amazing and inviting while saving much-needed space. They are recommended for desserts like cookies, brownies, and other pastries.
Make Mirrors Do Double Duty
A good decorating trick that most small homes have is a large mirror to make space appear bigger. If you already have a mirror like this, dress it up for the holidays as well. You can put ornaments or wreaths to surround it.
You can even put DIY snow decors and write on the surface temporarily. Here is a good DIY tutorial for it.
If you have a sit-down dinner party, suit up your dining chairs to match the spirit of the festivities. If you have a theme, it would be a great idea to match it as well. If not, you can always go for popular designs like Santa’s hat. Watch this tutorial if you want to make one for yourself.
Utilize Empty Walls
There are so many things and decors you can do with empty walls. If you want to keep it simple, use string lights to spell out words relating to the holidays or better yet, make it into a shape of a tree.
You can even make trees shaped out of wall decals, branches, or even washi tape. The best part about this kind of decoration is that, while it adds holiday cheer for when you have guests over, you can take it out without any problems and much work on your part.
Decorate and Transform Shelves
When you have a small space, the best you can do is to decorate what is already there. If you have shelves around your home, you can add holiday decorations to them by adding unique board books, wreaths, and even lights. If you ever find yourself in a mood for nostalgia and looking back on memories, keeping photo albums accessible is a great way to gather everyone.
Create a Tiny Village
While there are tiny Christmas villages for sale, the problem is that they can be expensive and too bulky for your small home. A great alternative would be to make your own. This great DIY project is perfect for beginners because you will only need tiny boxes, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, glue gun, glitter, and small beads for decoration. You can put this tiny village in some corner of your home and make it as simple or as intricate as you can.
Fragrance Is Important
One of the best ways to unlock nostalgia and merriment is through the power of scent. There’s no real alternative to walking inside a home with the smells of something delicious cooking or baking in the kitchen, but potpourri and other fragrances can help. Sprinkle these scents, or put them in small bowls around the house to make the house smell ready for the holidays.
Keep It Simple
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you want to decorate your small space perfect for your guests. Holidays are a time for celebration and being with your loved ones, and while it is nice to have a party at your home, don’t sweat the small stuff too much. If it helps, keeping your decorations simple will make everything better.
What are your space-saving decorating tips when you’re having a party at your home? Share them below.