The holidays have arrived. It’s time to clean house and get ready for friends and family to arrive. But can you successfully host company in a Tiny House RV? Does a small space limit your holiday cheer?
This is my third holiday season as a tiny houser. It feels good to host company, even though most of my guests live in a house 15 times larger than my Tumbleweed. At my dinner parties – which usually include 4 to 6 people – my guests always compliment the creative techniques I use to accommodate them. Below I’ve listed some advice for hosting in a tiny space. Feel free to add your own tips in the comments. Happy Holidays everyone!
5 Tips to Host Company in your Tumbleweed
1). Place your decorations high and low
In a small house, every inch is valuable real estate. When decorating for the holidays, place items high and low so that they won’t take up “body space” – the area where your guests may stand or sit. I like to hang decorations from the ceiling, such as mistletoe and string lights. If you’re celebrating Christmas, try some of these space saving decorating alternatives.
2). Create a folding dining table
Dining tables take up a lot of room. To save space, purchase or build a folding dining table. My table has a low profile when stored against the wall, but it also folds down in two different ways to accommodate 2-6 guests. When it’s in the folded up position, it also acts as a chalkboard.
Get cozy! A small space will make your event feel intimate.
3). Prepare the correct amount of food and think about your dishes
My tiny kitchen has a mini-fridge/freezer and a three burner stovetop. No oven, no microwave. It’s important for me to cook the correct amount of food, without piles of leftovers. I also consider my meal choice wisely, with close attention to serving dishes and tupperware.
My favorite winter dish to serve is homemade chili. Any soup, stew or curry can be prepared in one pot, which reduces the amount of dishes I have to do. I can serve chili to my guests in bowls which will take up less space on my table. Leftovers can be stored in one container, saving space in my refrigerator. I can also re-heat chili easily on my stovetop. It’s truly the perfect hosting dish for a Tiny Houser.
4). Create a folding spare bed
When I host company from out of town, I like to offer them a place to spend the night. If your relatives aren’t too picky about their accommodation, you can get creative in inventing an extra sleeping space in your Tiny House RV. I designed my couch to fold out into a full size bed. Usually, I offer my loft to my guests and I sleep on the downstairs fold out. Sometimes my guests prefer the downstairs bed so they don’t have to climb into the loft. Either way, I’m able to accommodate two guests overnight.
5). Make a “How To” for unusual appliances
I have a compost toilet, which can be strange for some people. Instead of verbally telling my guests how to do their business, I’ve made a funny booklet with cartoon images that I leave in the bathroom. Often my guests will comment on my “Do Your Business Card” with a chuckle, breaking the ice of what could have been an awkward conversation.
Add your advice for hosting companying in the comments!
Jenna Spesard built a custom Tiny House RV in 2014 and traveled with it for one year, clocking over 25,000 miles. Today she lives simply in Mt. Hood Tiny House Village and writes about the Tiny House Movement and travel on her blog: “Tiny House Giant Journey.”