6 Tips for Hosting an Inexpensive (Yet Classy!) Apartment Housewarming Party

Make sure you've got plenty of seating for your guests. Image: Crossing at Daybreak Apt Homes, South Jordan, UT

Make sure you’ve got plenty of seating for your guests. Image: Crossing at Daybreak Apt Homes, South Jordan, UT

Throwing yourself an apartment housewarming party seems like such a grown-up thing to do, doesn’t it? Now that you’ve got your own place, you want to show it off to your friends in a way that lets them know you’ve got this whole adult thing under control.

The problem, of course, is that classy parties require cash, and that money tree just hasn’t been blooming lately. How are you going to throw a grown-up party without breaking the bank?

First of all: breathe. A housewarming party doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Although you do want to show off your new apartment, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Here’s how to throw a nice party on the cheap.

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Apartment Olympics: Non-Dangerous Games That Bring Home the Gold

Apartment Olympics: Non-Dangerous Games That Bring Home the Gold

Break out the Team USA gear – the Winter Olympics are here! Starting today in Sochi, Russia, athletes from all over the world will come together in peaceful competition to see who deserves to stand atop a podium adorned with a medal. (The Opening Ceremonies air tonight on NBC, beginning at 7:30 EST. Competition begins Friday.)

Sure, these athletes have spent the better parts of their lives striving to compete in the Games – countless hours have been spent practicing, training, and perfecting their skills. We’re in awe of them, but we also want to have a little fun of our own while we watch the competition.

So why not celebrate by holding a mini-Olympics in your apartment? These games involve ordinary household items and won’t damage your space or, more importantly, you. Make some fake medals, invite some friends over, and see who wins gold.

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How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party in Your Small Apartment

The New Year is almost here! Have you started planning a party?

The New Year is almost here! Have you started planning a party?

When it comes to a New Year’s Eve party, there are many types:

1. The raucous, boozy ones that the cops break up at 12:01 a.m.;

2. The lazy ones where people struggle to stay awake until midnight, only opening their eyes occasionally to see how Ryan Seacrest is doing in Times Square; and

3. The just-right ones where everyone has a good time and no one gets so drunk that they have to spend all of January 1 apologizing for their behavior.

Or maybe that is your idea of a good time. We’re not here to judge.

But if you live in a small apartment and you want your landlord and neighbors to like you, we recommend you aim for less option 1 and more option 3. (Option 2 is acceptable only if you did manual labor all day leading up to the party, or if you’re 90 years old.) The point is, your New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to result in a citation for disturbing the peace or a certificate for Lamest Party of the Year. There’s a nice middle ground there, and we’ve got some ideas to help your party achieve it.

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Top 10 Metros for Apartment Entertaining This Holiday Season

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They’re here again!

It seems the holiday season starts just a bit earlier each year.

If you’re feeling a little “bah, humbug!” about the return of the holidays, perhaps we can lift your spirits.

Here at Apartment Guide, we’ve given some thought to the challenges of apartment entertaining.

Take a look at our feng shui tips on how to set up a comfortable party at home in your apartment this season.

We’ve also scoured our apartment listing information to find the overall best cities for apartment entertaining.

According to our data, apartment dwellers in ten certain cities enjoy the most at-home advantages that make holiday entertaining a pleasure. These cities boast the most apartments with balconies, island kitchens, dishwashers, washers and dryers in-unit, microwave ovens and extra storage space. With all these amenities, hosting a holiday party is much easier and a lot more enjoyable!

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Cute or Creepy? Tips to Transform Your Apartment into a Haunted Home

Create a tricked-out apartment this Halloween with these decor tips. Spooky!

Create a tricked-out apartment this Halloween with these decor tips. Spooky!

Whether you are throwing a freaky Halloween party, attempting to terrify trick-or-treaters, or just treating yourself to a night at home watching horror movies, it’s terribly fun to transform your apartment into a haunted one for Halloween.

The best part is that you can tailor your terror to suit your scare style.

Check out these apartment decorating ideas that give you options for cute or creepy Halloween decor!

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Killer Ideas for Your Breaking Bad Party (Spoiler-Free!)

Breaking_Bad_logo-resized for blogThe time is almost here, Breaking Bad fans. The hit AMC series will be airing its final episode in less than 72 hours. Just like you, we’re on the edge of our seats trying to predict what’s going to happen. Will Walt die? Will Jesse die? Will the pink one-eyed teddy bear make one last appearance? And what the heck happened to the ricin?

At this point, we’re the ones dying … with anticipation! If you’re a die-hard Breaking Bad fan, we’ve got some creative ways for you to pay homage to the show this weekend.

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Host a Winning Football Fete in Your Apartment

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Score a touch down this season with a winning football party in your apartment!

Weekends from now until February have been cleared for one thing: football. Even if you don’t have season tickets to cheer on your favorite team this season, you can still display lots of team spirit in the comfort of your own apartment.

Even if you aren’t a football fanatic, you can still host an awesome pigskin shindig. All you really need to kick things off is a lot of team spirit and a few fine finger foods.

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Refreshing Summer Sips: DIY Drinks and Cocktails to Make in Your Apartment

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Summertime drinks are more affordable when you make them yourself at home!

Summertime trips to the bar and the coffee shop can really add up. One source even estimates that the average American worker spends $20 per week ($1,100 per year) on coffee. But there is hope for those who’d like to keep that cash in their wallets.

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With a blender and a few key ingredients, you can create a number of cool, thirst-quenching beverages without stepping foot outside your apartment.

All you need to do is decide which drinks will really satisfy your taste buds.

Sip on a cool brew
Caffeine addicts don’t need to go cold turkey this summer. Just put your vice on ice – literally! Iced coffee and iced tea have always been popular, and they’re even more delicious when you add an unexpected splash of flavor.

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Keep Calm and Make Ice Cream in Your Apartment

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Making homemade ice cream is a fun way to spend time in your apartment before summer comes to a close!

The long-awaited summer season might be halfway behind us, but there’s still plenty of time to scream for ice cream!

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If those pre-manufactured pints of Rocky Road just won’t do, you can always opt for making a creamy concoction right in the comfort of your own apartment.

Sure, some methods will take longer than others, but they all yield that creamy, dreamy, custardy goodness that’ll keep you cool and satisfied until summer’s end. Check out these methods for making homemade ice cream in your apartment.

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How to Hang Out in Your Apartment Community

Columbus Station at Town Center Apartments in Virginia Beach, VA

Columbus Station at Town Center Apartments in Virginia Beach, VA

You live in an awesome apartment community, the perfect place where you want to spend your free time hanging out.

But how do you find the people who want to hang out with you, too?

Check out these tips on how to earn the label “cool neighbor!” and enjoy the social time you spend in your apartment community.

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