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Feb 12, 2013

Hosting a party in a tiny house

Some people like to entertain &  host holiday parties. Tiny house owners might shy away from any thought of it due to not having an adequate amount of space where guests can be seated somewhat comfortably. Dinner parties can be fun in a tiny house, that is of course if your guests are not claustrophobic.
For my dinner party I  pulled out my Valentines Day decorations. Even though my tiny house is just 8' x 18' (on the inside) I filled her with Valentine décor both inside and outside on the 6' x 8' front porch.  So, come along with me to take a look at my shabby chic tiny retreat in her Valentines dinner party décor. Hearts, angels, roses, candles and lace fill all corners of my home and spill over to the front porch where a lavender topiary is dressed in tiny red hearts.

Valentine hearts hang from the lavender topiary on my porch 

Before building a tiny home decide in advance if you will entertain  guests in your little home. If so, I highly recommend using a standard size front door in your tiny home.  Not so skinny people can feel uncomfortable crunching through some of the tiny front doors used on many tiny homes. This will provide your  guests as well as yourself a more comfortable entry into your tiny abode. It will also allow you to move in a table that will seat up to four guests comfortably, that is if you build your home at least eight feet wide by eighteen (ish) feet long. Of course, there is always an option to purchase a table with removable legs or a fold down compact table and chairs in order to move it through a tiny door that is not a standard size. However, with tiny non standard front doors your furniture options become a bit more limited.


My covered front porch provides extra seating for guests

Roses, hearts, vintage lace, chocolates, angels, candles & dashes of pink all say Valentines Day 

One good thing about hosting a dinner party (or any party) in a small or even tiny home is that there is not much square footage for you to clean before hand. The down side is that there is not much storage space for things you may want out of your guests view. This is where your shower stall or bathtub will come in handy. You might also use this area to hold ice and cold drinks for your party. I have a vintage coat and hat rack attached to the wall above my bathtub. It works great for hanging guests coats, purses, or other items while allowing me to use the bathtub for temporary storage.

My dinner table will seat four adults comfortably

You might consider cooking a meal ahead of time so that you can hang out with your guests and relax. Serving food buffet style is also a popular option as well as using paper plates and cups for easy clean up. For my Valentines dinner party I am planning a sit down candle light dinner for several guests. After dinner the table will be cleared for more elbow room as we enjoy dessert and maybe some cards or a game.

Just because you live in a tiny house doesn't mean you can't decorate it

Who says you have to be a minimalist to live in a tiny house?  

You may want to decorate your tiny home and make it festive for holidays or on special occasions. This is not only fun but it is also memorable for your guests. Not everyone who owns a tiny home is a full fledged minimalist. I admit that I am not even near to being a minimalist, nor do I care to be. I like to shop and I like my stuff.  There are those who like the concept of a tiny house but don't want to part with nick knacks, collections, hobbies and so forth. Good news,  you don't have to. There is no law that says you can not have a storage shed or storage rental unit full of your beloved treasures that serve no other purpose than to make you smile. In fact, I can not imagine living in a tiny space looking at the same window coverings, furniture, pictures and so forth day in and day out for years on end.  Hats off to the minimalists, but that is just not my style. I like to decorate for each holiday, as well as change things out and mix things up a bit for some variety throughout the year.

I wanted my dinner table to ooze lovely décor that was pretty yet functional

Vintage dishes & old French key are paired with garland and petals from the dollar store

Vintage fabric and lace napkins are a perfect backdrop for miss match vintage flatware  

A view from above

My galley style kitchen

Old theater seats fold flat when not in use. A vintage apron dresses them up

Old wooden clothes pins attach lacy hearts to the draperies

Handmade vintage hearts adorn the walls and nooks of my tiny house

A must have, from my local antique store. It functions as a little lap desk and has inside storage

A perfect place to keep Valentines cards

Fresh miniature roses create a romantic feel for Valentines day

My mantle holds vintage Valentines postcards and pink wishbones

My chippy paint fireplace mantle all dressed for Valentines day

My kitchen angel.... God knows I need all the help I can get when in any kitchen

A little angel graces my bathroom shelf

Soap petals fashioned as a rose, add valentines day romance to my water closet (bathroom).

This is my guest loft complete with a single size feather bed

My master bedroom

More Valentines treats on the front porch - Yummy

After dinner treats    
I hope your day was filled with love.

Update 2/12/19 - If you enjoyed this post you may want to take a peek at my little 570' vintage farmhouse which is a work in progress. While I still own this sweet little 9'x18' shabby chic tiny retreat, my farmhouse allows me to have more living  space.  Go to my home page and click on the the 'Farm Charm Cottage' tab to see my little abode. It is filled with vintage decor, Chandeliers, Shabby recycled treasures, Primitive and French country pieces as well as lots of love. For more Valentines goodness just type in 'Valentines Day' in the search bar. Thanks for visiting. God bless you.
.Almost forgot to let you know - for more Valentines posts that share eats, treats and Valentines decor you can visit the 'Share the Love' link party.



Anonymous said...

You have the nicest of all the tiny houses that I've seen. Great use of space! I love how you've given the bed a headboard, and you even have a dresser! Are the bedrooms pictured here the front and back lofts? I love the kitchen and bathroom as well. Great job!

A Daughter of the King said...

I don't know how you do it, but what you do with your small space is amazing!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate your practical suggestions. Love your talent and expression of individuality and always look forward to your posts!

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I adore your feminine little home.

Nancy said...

Wow! I continue to be impressed with how warm and homey, and yet roomy your tiny home is. I have been anxiously awaiting to see what you have done since your Christmas posts. What you have taught all of us that even though your home is tiny, it is extremely livable and even more stylish. And being tiny does not have to mean spartan. This is the first time I have seen both bedrooms and they look very comfortable as well as your chaise. I can hardly wait to read your next post. You are an inspiration.

Victoria said...

I really love the detailed, consistent, personal aesthetic you have expressed throughout your dwelling. So obviously you down to the last detail. It's a great comfort to see a home that looks completely inhabited and so nice to see an option that isn't totally Spartan. Today is the first time I'd seen your blog--I can't believe I hadn't tripped over it already. Do you have a resource page I'm not seeing? I'm quite curious about the vendors for the kitchen sink, the electric marine range, the bath tub, and the bathroom sink. Are you running off a generator? I haven't seen an electric range in a Tiny House until now and I'm curious about how you are powering that and how it works for you. Up to this point I have been looking at the alcohol marine stoves and ovens. I can't sign off without telling you, "I love your porch!" It is exactly what I have been looking for for my own build and it is great to see an example here. Thank you for sharing so many details of your home (I spent the afternoon digging through your whole blog). Congratulations on creating such an embellished and obviously deeply loved She Cave.

Little Miss Know-it-all said...

LOL, love the girl cave!!
It's so pretty, probably too much for me personally but I can see that it probably suits you to a T and I think it's wonderful that you keep it this way. You are obviously the type :)
And lots of entertaining space, I think that's great!

Anonymous said...

Charming....I am researching building a tiny home and you have inspired me...I love the whole look and I also love to change things regularly...great way to get the corners cleaned...

marylou said...

If I entered I would never leave;-) So beautiful I have come back more than once....and bookmarked you!
Thanks for sharing your work of art Tonita~~

Unknown said...

Beautiful and very romantic hme-LOVE!!!

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

This is AmAzInG!! I have recently become addicted to tiny homes, but yours is perrrrfect! TFS

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful, please do a post on your beautiful tiny home in sping-light!!

Anonymous said...

Bravo! This is exactly what tiny living is all about - creating a space that reflects personal style. Your space is so different than what I've seen in other tiny homes. You've done a great job!

I'm more of a minimalist, and I've been trying to find a way to reflect that in my home design without it looking like 99% of the other tiny houses on the market. Seeing what you've done has given me a few ideas of how I will make my tiny home reflect my own personality.

Even though your house is not my style, I can still appreciate the beauty of your home. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Gingercrys said...

Where do you store your decorative bed pillows when it's time for bed?

ViLmus said...

oh my God! Your little house is wonderful!
my dream come true in you ...
I love every place! is a beauty!
I'm happy to meet you and know your house.
Starting today not get lose sight. LOL
A hug from Chile. blessings!

Mi Facebook page

burghgrl said...

OMG, OMG, OMG...indeed! I've just found your tiny home & all I can say is LOVE,LOVE, LOVE how you've oh so creatively and with such feminine grace, made it your OWN! WOW...enchanting, is the word that continued to echo in my mind as I relished every photo...UNBELIEVABLE girlie...please, keep em coming!!! THANK YOU!! xoxoxox

Tonita said...

I just want to respond to all you wonderful gals who have left such sweet comments about my girl cave. I am so glad that my little house has inspired some of you. I hope that your dreams become your reality. For those of you that have asked me questions please feel free to contact me so that I can write back to you personally.

Many blessings to you all.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow--this is just beautiful...I am so impressed!

Anonymous said...

I love your shabby chic home! It looks like it came out of a magical fantasy book. LOVE!

jayjolou said...

I've seen numerous pictures of your house over the last couple years, and find it to be so appealing and inviting. There are only two things I wonder about; how in the world do you make the bed that is in the downstairs alcove? And is that used to sleep in, or just for sitting? I'd love to use it as my sleeping place--I really can't climb ladders anymore--and would have it pretty close to the pretty, frilly style you have it.

Tess8110 said...

I'm just sooo obsessed with your house, <3<3<3

Tonita said...

Welcome to this blog. Happy that my tiny home is inspiring you. Many blessings to you as you move forward to build yourself a tiny home of your own.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Your home is so pretty all decked out in Valentine's decor! I especially love the lace curtains on your front porch. The tablescape is lovely, too! Thank you for all the tips on entertaining guests in a small space. Your post will be one of my features for "Share Some Love" link party. pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Tonita said...

Thanks for stopping by from 'Stone Cottage Adventures' and leaving such a nice comment. How sweet to share and feature my little house with your readers. I updated my posts that I shared on the link party to reflect the fact that there is so much Valentine goodness and ideas on the 'Share the Love' link party. Stop by anytime and many blessings to you and your family.

Beverly @Across the Blvd said...

I love your vintage dishes, Tonita. They are perfect for a lovely Valentine's Day tablescape. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share Some Love Link Party. I'm featuring tablescapes today from the party and I'm happy to include yours.

Debbee said...

I am enchanted by your lovely table! As a plate addict, I love thise vintage heart shaped plates. Where did you find them and what are the patterns?

Tonita said...

Thanks for your sweet comment. The heart shaped plates are not vintage. I paid 2.99 each for them at Ross about eight years ago it seems. The matching mugs were also very inexpensive. I have a beautiful pitcher that matches the set which I found at Home Goods a couple of years later. I do mix in vintage saucers when I do up my table with hearts or a pink theme. You might want to take a peek at my farmhouse on my blog. Come visit any time.

Tonita said...

Debbee, Sorry that I mis-spelled your name in the upper comment.

Thelma said...

I really enjoyed the visit of your darling tiny home. I especially like the heart flowered plates in your table setting.
You have a great style to decorate. I love all your rooms especially the guest room in the loft.
I'm happy to have found your blog and will visit your farm house. I'm your newest follower.

Tonita said...

Hi Thelma, Thanks for making time to leave such a sweet comment. Hope you have a nice visit at the little farmhouse also. Blessings..

Liberty said...

Beautiful! My daughter would love to come to tea at a place like this!

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