A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2016
“May your house always be too small to hold all your friends”

"May your home/house always be too small to hold all of your friends” is a saying that has been printed on many images. A “Household Hints from Heloise” by Heoise Cruse syndicated newspaper column of April 18, 1966 contained the saying:

“DEAR HELOISE: May your house always be too small to hold all of your friends...George”

The newsgroup alt.quotations included “May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends” on March 17, 2000 under “Irish Toasts.” An Irish source is unknown, but the saying has been popular on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


18 April 1966, Aberdeen (SD) American-News, “Household Hints from Heloise” by Heoise Cruse, pg. 7, col. 6:
LETTER OF THOUGHT
DEAR HELOISE: May your house always be too small to hold all of your friends…
George

Google Groups: alt.quotations
Irish Toasts
Ed C
3/17/00
(...)
May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.

Google Books
Great Toasts:
From Births to Weddings to Retirement Parties-- and Everything In Between

By Andrew Frothingham
Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press
2002
Pg. 31:
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

Google Books
Cheers!:
1,024 Toasts & Sentiments for Every Occasion

By Kevin P. McDonald
New York, NY: Hachette Books
2004
Pg. ?:
May your house always be too small to hold all of your friends.

Google Books
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home:
101 Stories about Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
2014
Pg. ?:
May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends. ~Author Unknown

Google Books
Beer Bites:
Tasty Recipes and Perfect Pairings for Brew Lovers

By Andrea Slonecker and Christian DeBenedetti
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2015
Pg. 137:
“MAY YOUR HOME ALWAYS BE TOO SMALL TO HOLD YOUR FRIENDS,” GOES THE CLASSIC IRISH TOAST.

Twitter
Dr. Pickles PhD
‏@DrunkThingWeSay
“May your house always be too small to hold all your friends.”
-Irish Proverb
#StPatricksDay #ThingsILearnedInBars #TheMoreYouKnow
10:57 AM - 17 Mar 2016

Twitter
Akadology
‏@akadology15
May your house always be too small to gather ur friends and family. #thanksgivingcanada
10:22 AM - 10 Oct 2016

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SABBQDude
‏@UTSABBQDude
“May your house always be too small to hold all your friends.”
Merry Christmas folks.  Be safe.  Much love to you all.
9:04 AM - 23 Dec 2016

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