Holiday Entertaining: Tips to Maximize Your Space

holiday entertaining: tips to maximize your space

When you think about the holidays, what comes to mind?

Is it snowflakes falling gently on a crisp winter's day? Or is it the smell of cinnamon and pine trees? Maybe it's the sound of your family happily opening presents on Christmas morning. Or maybe it's all those things combined with family and friends gathered around you to celebrate.

Whatever memories you make during the holidays, they're important. They're what makes this time special—and they're why we all look forward to coming together in our homes with those we love.

But with all the parties, shopping, travelling and decorating that goes along with the holidays, there are some things that can get overlooked—like making sure your space is ready for guests! That's why we've put together a list of tips that will help you maximize your space for holiday entertaining. So, when guests come over for dinner, or drinks, or whatever else you have planned for them, they'll be able to relax and enjoy themselves without having to worry about how many people will fit around your table or if there's enough room for everyone in front of the fireplace.

love your living room

If you've ever hosted a holiday party in your living room, you probably know how important it is to be able to comfortably accommodate your guests. The last thing you want is for someone to be squished up against the wall as they try to enjoy their drink and snack.

But what happens when your living room isn't all that big? Or maybe it is big, but it's full of furniture that doesn't fit together in a way that makes sense. What do you do then?

We've got some ideas for how to maximize your space so that you can host the perfect holiday gathering in any living room, no matter its size or layout.

First, consider maximizing your space with furniture that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a console table can double as a serving or coffee table. By using furniture that does double duty like this, you'll be able to make the most of your space without having to buy expensive pieces that only serve one purpose.

Next, think about how you want to arrange your furniture. Do you want people to be able to move around freely? Or do you prefer more intimate groupings? The layout of your furniture will depend on what kind of gathering you're hosting—and how much space you have available. Make sure you consider this before rearranging your furniture!

Here are some more of our favourite tips to maximize the space in your living room:

  1. If you have an ottoman or footstool, put it in the corner of the room and use it as a table for drinks and appetizers.
  2. Use large floor cushions around your seating area instead of extra chairs, so that people have the option to mingle more freely.
  3. Clear out all unnecessary furniture from the living room and store it in another part of the house. That way, you'll have more space for guests to move around freely!

sort out the sleeping situation

One of the most important things to consider when you're planning your holiday entertaining is the guest bedroom. If you have guests coming to stay over, you want to make sure they have a comfortable place to sleep and an easy-to-find location for their belongings.

If you don't have a separate guest bedroom, then you're probably looking at making use of a room that's rarely used in any other way—like perhaps a den or living room. Either way, there are some simple ways to maximize the space and make it feel more like a guest room than just another part of your house.

If you're looking for furniture options, consider an ottoman bench or a lounge chair. These pieces are particularly useful in a bedroom because they provide extra seating, but they can also double as a place for guests to put their belongings.

A sofa bed is another great option. A sofa bed turns a den into a bedroom when needed, so you can use it year-round. You won't have to worry about where to put guests when they stay over. They'll have their own space, and you’ll have a stylish room to relax in when it’s not in use.

make dining more delicious

A spacious dining room is ideal for holiday entertaining, but it’s okay if yours happens to be a little smaller!

You can still make the most of your space by using smart furniture arrangements and leaving plenty of room for people to move around.

We recommend having your table against a wall so that it doesn't take up too much space in the centre of the room. If you don't have enough seating for all your guests, consider using folding chairs or even a bench at one end of the table so that everyone has somewhere to sit.

If you're feeling ambitious, try adding a buffet in one corner of your room where you can have food out and ready for people as they come in. This way, there won't be any awkward shuffling around or waiting for things to be served during dinner time—everyone will know exactly where everything is ahead of time and can just relax and enjoy themselves!

For an added bit of holiday cheer, try using tablecloths that match the colour scheme of your décor. These will add colour and style without taking up too much space on their own (because they cover so much surface area at once).

We know that sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about how you’re going to fit everyone in your home—especially if you have limited space. But having a small space doesn't mean you can’t host all your friends and family during the holidays. You just need the right furniture, arranged in a smart layout!

Ashley has tons of furniture items that are made to maximize the space in your home. If you're interested in a customized shopping experience, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our in-store furniture experts who can help you find the perfect pieces for your home. Or browse our selection of stylish and functional furniture online!