I happen to live in a smaller home, and when it comes to entertaining it often takes some serious creativity to make an event go off without a hitch. This shoot was inspired by entertaining for the holidays in a small space. The key is to take advantage of every square inch available, and don’t be afraid to go buffet style. Don’t be fooled, you can still entertain in style without having a formal sit down dinner! For more, head on over to my blog, Christina Loucks!

DECORATE WITH TOOLS. To make the most of my space, I used some functional items as art on the wall such as the apron, platter and serving piece. In a small space, storage can be an issue, and why would you hide all that beauty behind a cabinet door anyway?

MIX NEW WITH OLD. When it comes to decor, don’t be afraid to blend some of the new pieces with some passed-down-from generation items. It adds warmth, interest and character to your table. Here I even mixed in some plastic and melamine pieces with crystal; you really don’t need to tie yourself down to multiple sets.

GO BUFFET STYLE. With a buffet style (or a buffet brunch as seen here), it is easier on the host so she can enjoy her company instead of being in the kitchen serving food. It is really a nice balance of formal in dress and presentation, but also conveying a more relaxed vibe than the formal dining room holidays from years past.

I hope you’re inspired to go entertain in your small space!  At the end of the day, it’s all about gratitude, good food, good friends and lots of laughter.  Happy Thanksgiving SMPers!

Photography: Heidi Geldhauser | Styling: Christina Loucks | Apron : IceMilk Aprons | Bow Napkins: Gretel Home | Cheese / Honey Knife: Mark & Graham | Coffee Mugs: Gretel Home | Room & Board: Room & Board | Table, Chandelier, Buffet + Chairs: Room & Board | Tiered Tray: Gretel Home | White Plates (Ocean Collection), White + Black Graphic Plates (: MADHOUSE