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Creating Space for Thanksgiving Guests


It’s hard for me to believe that in just a couple of weeks, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. If you host a large gathering of family and friends for Thanksgiving each year, you may be wondering how to fit all of your guests around the dinner table! Or if you have family staying overnight, you may be thinking about the sleeping arrangements. In this week’s post, I have a few ideas on how to create space for your guests so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving together.

Making Room for Overnight Guests

If you have six overnight guests and one guest room, you’ll have to improvise when it comes to the sleeping arrangements. For example, if you have a daybed that serves as a sofa, you can let one of your guests sleep on it. Setting up two or three cots in the rec room is a good idea if you have young kids staying overnight. They can bring along their own pillows for additional comfort. I know there are lots of kids who get a kick out of sleeping on their very own cot! Another idea is to find sleeping bags and let your young guests have a slumber party on the floor of the living room. I think an overstuffed recliner also serves as an excellent bed for a guest. I suggest you give the person a fluffy pillow and warm blanket to make the chair all the more cozy. If you have a screened porch, put a cot or two out there for guests. Of course, this is a good idea only if you live in a warm climate.

Creating Space at the Dinner Table

A table that seats eight is wonderful if you plan to feed just eight guests at Thanksgiving. But if you have more guests than chairs at your Thanksgiving table, you’ll have to get creative. For instance, if you’re eating in the kitchen, you could sit two or three people at a roomy kitchen counter: Find a few comfortable stools with cushions on them to slide beneath the counter. I enjoy sharing Thanksgiving dinner with family at the dining room table. You can add space to a dining room table by extending the main table with a couple of folding card tables. Be sure to close the gaps between the tables: No one wants to see a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey fall through the cracks! Also, get one or more tablecloths to cover all three tables. If you need places for just three or four guests, set up a single card table near the main table. Try to find a tablecloth for the card table that matches the one on your dining room table.

And if you live in a warm climate, consider hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner outside. Line up some picnic tables so you’ll have room for all of your guests. In addition, set the table with real plates and silverware to add to the occasion. Your guests can pass the mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other dishes right down the row. An al fresco Thanksgiving celebration can provide you with plenty of space for your loved ones. Enjoy your celebrations, and thanks for reading. – Alan

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