Party in Small Spaces! Tips for Inspired Holiday Gatherings in Small Homes

Posted by RE/MAX of Boulder on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 12:01pm.

By Karla Bielanski, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder

For many in Boulder County, this is the era of finding ways to live large in small spaces. There's no better time to get creative than the holiday season!

As a frequent “more the merrier” party thrower in a series of small homes, and a lover of staging spaces for impact in my real estate business, I’m sharing a little fresh inspiration to make spirits sparkle and get beyond small-house party fear. Even when the size of your guest list makes your square footage feel more like square inches, don’t hold back. Try these tips from me and the

  1.      Conceal Electronics

Wall-mounted televisions are the rage, but a blank screen is not so festive. Either play an amazing slide show of holiday scenes or a burning fireplace, or cover that monitor with art or wrapping paper and a big ribbon.

  1.      Go Unexpected with Lights

Add sparkle galore with light sprinkled on your buffet or dining table. There is no need to spend hours stringing lights; simply scatter, drape, and pile those beauties right on your lovely food table. One word of caution: Be conscious of the cords so no one trips and stumbles into the New Year. Battery-operated lights are perfect for this. Keep it green with renewable batteries.

  1.      Go Beyond Typical

Small faux trees are awesome, but you can add pizazz by getting creative with a small live tree or herb tree of rosemary.  To dress up the stand, use surprise materials like a favorite scarf around the base of your tiny tree or a holiday tablecloth for something larger.

  1.      Make Creative Beverage Stations

Re-purpose pots, buckets, and festive-colored storage bins to add unexpected fun and creativity to your beverage stations.  Fill with ice for drinks or for chilling beer and dazzle with re-use charm.  A beverage cart can help spread the crowd out beyond one bar station.  

  1.      Let Nature Rule

A garland doesn’t have to be pine clippings – any decorative greenery works for mantels, shelving, mirrors, or tables. White lights help to define the holiday mood.

  1.      Use Everything You’ve Got

When it’s time for your holiday party, don’t hold out. Use other rooms and nooks of your home. Your home office makes a perfect libation lounge or dessert station, especially when you use bookshelves to hold snacks, condiments, and plates.

  1.      Make it Easy

If you need to fill a void or are looking for a certain color or size for your décor, make it easy and festive. Buy some wrapping paper and wrap up boxes you have lying around. You’ll have the holiday lift and look you need.

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RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Karla Bielanski is a 34-year resident of Boulder County who is deeply knowledgeable about our community. Her 25-year real estate career has involved resale, new construction, relocation, rentals and investment properties,1031 tax-deferred exchanges, and renovations -- with the outstanding service of a trusted friend. Her credentials include: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), e-PRO certification, and 5280 Magazine’s Five Star Realtor Award. Karla loves to entertain and cook for her guests, travel, garden, read, dance, and renovate homes.

For questions contact Karla Bielanski at 303-931-5774, email her, or visit


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