Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my tiny house door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—Only this and nothing more.”
As if the aisles at Target decked out in their raven black and glittery orange with rubberized skulls and packets of oozing, congealed blood doesn't give it away enough, Halloween season is upon us. It's time for tricks and treats, Instagram fall filters and pumpkin spice lattes. But even more than that, it is time for those frightfully festive Halloween parties. Dressed as Wonder Woman, Meghan Markle, Venom, or even The Little Mermaid, everyone gets excited for a good Halloween party in any size space. For those of us in a tiny house, it is time to take what we know about maximizing small spaces and use them to turn our home into the perfect place for a terrorizing throwdown!
RECRUIT ALL OF YOUR SPACE
While your tiny house may be the perfect size for you it can begin to feel crowded fast once guests arrive. That is why it is so important to recruit all of your space; the living room, the loft, the kitchen, and yes, even the bathroom. A composting toilet can be themed out with a fake arm dangling from it while your loft may be the perfect place to store a Mummy or two. Use your kitchen countertops to display food and take out your furniture to make your house an instant dance hall. Remember, even the entry can be included in this tip.
KEEP YOUR GUEST LIST SHORT
Since you don't have a lot of space to work with anyway, considering keeping a short guest list. Not every kid of every colleague needs to be in attendance. Neither does every neighbor around you or ever "boyfriend of the week" of your bestie. Keep yourself from getting stressed and only invite those you truly think you'll have a good time with.
ASK FOR HELP
There should be no shame in asking a few people to help out. Whether it be making finger sandwiches (don't take that literally considering it is Halloween!) to crafting an iTunes playlist, your friends and family can help so that you can pay attention to maximizing the space. There is also nothing wrong with asking people to BYOB or even Bring Your Own Mug (if you are serving hot cocoa) to save on dishes and precious space. It may even bring a new twist to the old classic party, allowing people to show their true personality via ceramic vessel!
KEEP THE DECOR AT A MINIMUM
Just because you can buy it doesn't mean you need it. While we all love candles at a Halloween party, you don't need to decorate your tiny house like it is the Crypt Keeper's home. Limit the decor and let the festive atmosphere, costumes, and food, be the decorations. A month from now no one will remember the dancing Dracula sitting on the bookshelf in the corner.
EMBRACE THE IMPERFECTION
It's a party. Lighten up. Not everything will be perfect. Someone will inevitably spill a little witches brew on your cork floors. Wipe it up and dance on. The celebration is just that, a celebration. Enjoy it and allow your tiny house to become the entertainer you always knew it could be.
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