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    Heather
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    I think entertaining in a small space is definitely possible. My mom would always have a huge Christmas Eve party every year. We grew up in a 1000sf cape, so the downstairs was maybe 600 sf if you include the entryway and bathroom :-) She would have probably 50-60 people there every year. We were totally packed in, but it was a wonderful time and some of my fondest memories growing up. I do have to say that I like having a larger space for entertaining. It seems whenever we have people over, we have A LOT of people over…I blame my mother :-)

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      Lorilee
      Monday, 27 August 2012

      that is a party :) Wow!

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    Jennifer Ott
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    We are pursuing minimalism, but we have a LONG ways to go. That said, we bought our current house for church work in a downtown area. It’s about 1200 square feet, but about 600 of that is the living/dining/kitchen that are fairly open to each other on the main floor. We’ve regularly had up to 50 people over. Yes, it’s tight, but it’s fun! Having less clutter/decor. makes it so much easier to get ready and have space.

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      Lorilee
      Monday, 27 August 2012

      Wow, that is a lot of people :)

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    Megyn @MinimalistMommi
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    I think it really depends on the amount of family you have over/live close to. The Hubs comes from HUGE families (his mom is 1 of 7 and dad 1 of 8), so if we wanted to have a social gathering and invite all of the local relatives, having a bigger space is definitely a necessity. Right now we have a 1200 sq. ft. house, which often feels small when we host birthday parties as we often have 20+ guests. I think some could get by with less indoor space if they had more outdoor space. We have a decent sized backyard that would be great for entertaining (for the like 3 months a year we can be outside lol). We’ve been considering this topic a lot since we’ll be moving 1k miles away. Now our consideration is less about entertaining space, but more about housing space for out of town guests. Our hope is to have a spare bed for out of town guests. However, we could get by with just 3 bedrooms and have our boys share a room when relatives come. I’m interested to see how others deal with this situation!

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      Lorilee
      Monday, 27 August 2012

      I think there is lots of different ways to deal with it. That sounds like quite a move… good luck :)

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    Kris
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    This was a question I had originally asked about – thanks for posting. We downsized from a 2,300 sq.ft home to a 1,700 sq.ft. home. Don’t regret it a bit, and from reading your blog, sounds like I could even go smaller. But for now, we are adjusting to this. I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks!

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      Lorilee
      Tuesday, 28 August 2012

      your welcome :) Thanks for the post idea!

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    randomcathy
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    Our approach to minimalism means that we don’t have any “specialty” decorations, dishes, etc. All gifts are wrapped in brown paper (because it is more flexible than having a roll for every occasion), entertaining dishes are simple and even our living room has really small and light furniture with casters underneath so we can reconfigure for whatever type of party we are throwing…move everything out and put up two folded tables (which are usually stashed under a bed) with a big cloth over it for a massive dining table, set the tables up separately for a game night, or slide everything up against the walls for open floor space for an impromptu yoga class or dancing.

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      Lorilee
      Tuesday, 28 August 2012

      awesome ideas :) Thanks for sharing! I love folding tables. …been trying to get back into yoga, I did it last weekend a few time and I am still hurting (and it was only wimpy beginner yoga)

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    Jennifer
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    I haven’t had a dining room table in two years (I gave it away when I was trying to sell the house) and frankly I haven’t noticed the difference!

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      Lorilee
      Tuesday, 28 August 2012

      Thanks for your comment! I bet that makes a big difference when it comes to space :)

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      Kathy
      Saturday, 2 February 2013

      We have a huge weathered oak kitchen table that seats 8, and when we get ready to move our first question is will our table fit in the house we’re looking at, but that table is the hub of our family (we eat every meal there, family game nights, kids art & play space, etc) so that table isn’t going any where soon. No way I would have a fancy table that’s rarely used, but this one is well loved.

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