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Awesome-looking, space-saving tables for small space hosting

My husband and I recently downsized to a pretty amazing 875-square-foot apartment, and because of that we sold a lot of our furniture (including the kitchen table). So with the holidays coming up, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for awesome-looking, space-saving tables that could easily be folded up once the guests are gone?

Easy-cheesy pumpkin dip

Since it’s that time of year when squash is cheap and plentiful, I picked up a kabocha squash (a.k.a. Japanese pumpkin) and decided to make something with it for Thanksgiving dinner. But I don’t like pumpkin pie or any other vegetable-as-dessert type things, so I figured I’d make something savoury. Anything with cheese tends to be a winner, and with the stripe-y pumpkin-bowl the dip is baked in, you can gain bonus points for fancy-ass presentation.

Have yourself a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Are you too broke to fly home for Thanksgiving? Do you, like me, not know how to cook a Thanksgiving meal for yourself? Homie BobbityBets has a brilliant idea: throw an easy-peasy Charlie Brown-style Thanksgiving!

Midnight Thanksgiving: Our Non-Traditional Family Tradition

My first job in Portland was overnight stocking for a big box retailer. It wasn’t long before I started meeting more transplants like me, who couldn’t get the time off to fly home for the holidays, or just plain had nowhere to go. I wanted to invite everyone over, but there was also the nagging fact that while we did get Thanksgiving Day off, most of us would have to be at work before sunrise the day after Thanksgiving. Since we were all night owls anyhow, I offered to have everyone over on the Wednesday night before the holiday. And so the idea of Midnight Thanksgiving was born.

Make party-ready votives out of funky gourds

I threw a party the other night and these three funky gourd votives made an appearance. They got lots of compliments from party guests, so I thought I’d share this simple autumnal party decor idea with mah Homies.

No damage moose antler decor, a rainbow of handmade owls, and a bevvy of LEGO-related Clicky Links

Start your week with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. In these Clicky Links you’ll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — ALL ABOUT LEGO.

Click through, too, to find our links on submitting YOUR stuff to Offbeat Home!

Happy autumn harvest celebration, everyone!

Homies, we have a nice little community here. We brainstorm solutions to problems, share fantasies, debate, and educate. I want to take a second to be grateful for my online family, of which you are a large part. We can’t share a meal this week and we probably won’t be sending each other Winter Holiday Greetings, but I can still say, “Hi everybody. It’s so nice to put this site together for you.”

Here are some of the posts which have hosted some of the most enlightening conversations this year.

Bastards and orphans: celebrating holidays with peers

How do you create a sense of community with a group of people who aren’t forced to put up with each other? If you’re creating your own chosen family, this post will help you get through the holidays a little more warmly.