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December 8th, 2017

No matter the time of year, entertaining and hosting guests is both a fun and somewhat stressful affair—especially if you are limited on space. As the holidays are approaching, you may find that even your larger spaces are feeling a little cramped.

The team at Hearndon Construction has put together the following list of 5 tips to help you better maximize space and entertain in the smaller spaces of your home.

Every surface counts

In a smaller space, all surface “real estate” is valuable. To prep for entertaining guests, be sure to remove all unneeded appliances, decor or clutter. Maximize your counter space with more functional items like dishes, platters, etc. to create a buffet.

Manage traffic

Employ some thoughtful planning ahead of your party by identifying the natural “traffic patterns” of your home. Move items out of the way to create a smoother flow of traffic, or rearrange furniture to facilitate a smoother flow. Also, be strategic when placing food and beverages. Having everything in one spot will cause crowding, so try spacing out the location of your bar, meal and dessert items.


Remove any non-essentials from your home prior to entertaining your guests. Personal items, intricate or unnecessary decor can be overwhelming when there are more people in your home, and are simply taking up needed space. Try filling spaces with fewer, smaller decorative items instead.

Go vertical

A great way to maximize space! Especially on a buffet table, going vertical is the smart way to create space. Try using cakes stands, plates on top of mugs, tiered fruit baskets, utensil holders and more to save needed space.

Avoid cabin fever

Smaller spaces can get warmer faster! Be sure to let some fresh air in before your guests arrive and keep the fans on to circulate air. If you have an outdoor space or garage, perhaps explore ways to make these spaces more inviting so that guests have other areas to explore during their time at your home.

By: Lindsay Richards


Posted In: Dominion Meadows, Home Living, New Home Construction, New Homes in Chesapeake, New Homes in Elizabeth City, New Homes in Smithfield, New Homes in Suffolk

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