Thanksgiving is so close that I can almost smell the turkey baking in the oven. As much as I love the holidays, there is SO. MUCH. TO. DO. to prepare for the upcoming festivities and all the guests they bring, especially if you live in a small space.  If you’ve been deemed the official Thanksgiving host this year, as I have, the team here at Xtraroom has compiled a list to help you get your small space ready for Thanksgiving entertaining. So, pour a big glass of wine and let’s get started! You’ll be dazzling Aunt Erma in no time with your mad skills.

And is it stuffing or dressing? The world may never agree.

To compile our Thanksgiving tips, we sat down over cranberry sauce (just kidding, it was lukewarm coffee) with HGTV celebrity and Xtraroom design collaborator, Chip Wade. Chip is known for successfully tackling design challenges with his gorgeous and innovative solutions on HGTV’s Elbow Room. Plus, each year, Chip hosts over 20 friends and family in his Atlanta-area home for the holiday. As our Thanksgiving guru, Chip provides great advice to make your Thanksgiving stress-free.

Make a List: One Month Before

If you think about hosting a large crowd in your home that’s already tight on space, it can feel stressful and overwhelming. Chip recommends taking a deep breath and walking room-to-room to make a list. What areas of your home need minor repairs or touch-up paint? What furniture can you re-arrange to create more open spaces? Where will your guests sleep? What items do you need to purchase? Creating a master list will help you prepare your space a little bit at a time over the next few weeks.


One space-saving necessity you’ll want to add to your list is the Delphinus table and buffet from Xtraroom. This versatile piece is the perfect solution for Thanksgiving since it can go from seating 2 to 12 in seconds, and conveniently stores away in a stylish buffet.

Freshen Your Guest Spaces: Two Weeks Before

Welcoming your guests with places to sit and sleep is an important part of preparing for the holiday. Arrange comfortable throw blankets around the room for chilly autumn weather. Stock up on fresh towels for your bathroom. Place Apple Cider or Pumpkin Spice soy candles around your home for an inviting scent.

If you don’t have a traditional guest bedroom, Chip recommends the Orion Collection or Virgo Collection from Xtraroom. The Orion Console Bed goes from stylish console to queen-size guest bed in 30-seconds. And the Virgo Collection redefines the wall bed and is available in several sizes to fit your needs. Both space-saving solutions are multipurpose with many options for working, sitting or sleeping.

Put Out Festive Décor and Plan the Menu:  One Week Before


The guests will be here soon, so begin to purchase fresh seasonal décor like apples, gourds, and pumpkins to celebrate the season. For more décor inspiration, check out our post on How to Design a Cozy Space for Fall or our Fall Décor Pinterest Board. Not only are colorful fall items gorgeous to place throughout your space, they also can be artfully displayed in a wooden dough bowl for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

This is also the time to nail down your Thanksgiving menu. Chip recommends that the host provide some beverages and the meat, such as ham or turkey. But delegate the rest of the meal to your guests, whether they bring it from their own homes or prepare the dish in your kitchen. Ask each guest to provide a side dish or dessert, plus contribute his or her favorite bottle of wine. Not only will this lighten your load, but it helps everyone feel included in the meal.

Relax and Enjoy: Thanksgiving Day

Once the preparations are complete and your guests have arrived, it’s time to enjoy the day with the ones you love. While hosting a holiday in your small space may feel crowded, savor the closeness and special memories made with friends and family. It’s the season of gratitude, so be sure to incorporate a detail like these Thankful Trees to share your appreciation.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Friends at Xtraroom!