You love your tiny home. You also love spending time with friends and socializing. In most cases, parties are thrown in places that have ample space for entertaining guests, whether indoors or out. Can tiny homes ever work as a place to host a party? Some might say no, but there are definitely things you can do to throw a casual party at your tiny home if you want to.
Find Some Outdoor Space
It may be a little tough to find space for everyone in a tiny home, but no one said that the party had to be limited to your indoor space. Especially with the weather warming up and summer officially here, your outdoor space could be exactly the right setting for throwing a casual party at your home. You’ll want to keep an eye on the weather if you intend to use the outdoors as a part of your setting. Poor weather can be a real damper. Of course, you can always set up pop up shelters to use for shade or shelter, depending on the weather, to reduce the impact it may have on the party. Don’t forget to provide seating for your guests. Depending on the space you’re using and how you want things to go, seating could be anything from picnic tables to lawn chairs to blankets spread out on the ground.
Choose Some Entertainment
Many parties feature some sort of entertainment. What form of entertainment you want to provide is entirely up to you, but have something for your guests to do aside from simply sitting around and talking. There are a ton of fun party games you can play, whether you want to be inside or outside.
You could set up an outdoor movie to watch after the sun goes down. Music is always a good idea. Use it to create a fun, upbeat vibe that people can dance to if they feel like it or to fill in moments that might otherwise be covered by awkward silence.
Drinks are a party must-have. At the very least you should provide your guests with water. Just having water can be a bit dull, however, so feel free to let your creativity roam and explore some other options. Sodas and punches are pretty normal, standard party beverages if you want to play it safe. For parties with appropriately aged guests, alcoholic beverages are also an option. Not sure what to offer? Choose a variety of options or make it a potluck-style party and ask a few people to bring drinks. You can even make things a bit more adventurous without losing the casual vibe by mixing up your own fun party drinks for your guests.
Select Some Food Options
Any party that takes place around a mealtime should have food. Even if your party isn’t during a traditional mealtime it’s still a good idea to at least have something your guests can snack on. Casual party fare can run the gamut from chips and dips to small sandwiches. Keep the vibe super casual by choosing foods that can be eaten easily enough without the need for utensils. As a bonus, it’s one less thing you’ll need to keep track of. Of course, most people don’t want everyone else’s grubby hands getting all over their food (even if they aren’t actually grubby).
Even if you choose to have finger foods, have serving utensils that can be used instead of hands to pile food onto plates. Want to make it just a little nicer? You can enhance the presentation with bamboo skewers that make eating less messy. They also provide an easy way for guests to grab what they intend to eat without touching the rest.
Rearrange Your Furnishings
If you want to have at least a portion of the party indoors, you’ll probably need to take into account the fact that tiny homes simply don’t have that much space. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make good use of the space you do have though. You may find that you have more room to host your guests than you thought if you move things around and rearrange your furniture and decor. That may mean moving furniture out of one room and into another for the time being. Just don’t forget to make sure your guests have somewhere to sit if they wish. Again, options abound. Couches, chairs, ottomans, and pillows can all be good seating options, depending on what you’re going for.
Light and Warmth
For parties that take place outdoors later in the evening, you’ll need to make sure that there is enough light and warmth to keep your guests comfortable as the sun goes down. Floodlights on your home can be a great option for illuminating the space. If you don’t have floodlights, hanging up strings of lights can be a fun, stylish way to light things up that works for parties with any level of formality (or lack thereof).
Need a little extra warmth? Get a fire pit. There are multiple types of fire pits you can choose from, so you should be able to find one that works well for your needs.
Go Open House Style
You may find it works best to limit the number of guests you invite to a party at a tiny home, but some occasions just seem to call for a bigger guest list. Don’t let that discourage you too much. Instead of inviting everyone for a party that has everyone showing up at the same time, go for a more open house style party. Have a set start and end time, but encourage people to come at their own convenience within that time range. People will come and go at different times, allowing you to accommodate more guests than you would likely otherwise be able to comfortably host at once.
Everyone loves a good party, especially one that is casual, cozy, and relaxed. Just because your home is small doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to host an awesome event. It may take a bit more planning and thought than it would if you were hosting in a home with huge gathering areas, but you may find that the small size of your home means that parties can be a more bonding experience. After all, all that really matters in the end is that a good time was had by all.
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