With the holidays right around the corner, you might be making plans to spend time with your friends or family. One of the biggest questions regarding these holiday gatherings is where they'll be held.
As an apartment dweller, you might be apprehensive to host an event in your home. But if you follow our holiday party tips, you can easily host a cheerful, unforgettable holiday party in any space.
Plenty of modern apartment communities offer a clubhouse as an amenity for its residents. This space can usually be reserved for use by residents – whether it be for a meeting, an event and even for a party. If space is a concern in your apartment, consider renting the clubhouse as the venue for your holiday party.
If you chose to go this route, you'll need to make sure you do it early, as the holidays will likely be a hot time for reserving the clubhouse. You should also keep in mind that you may be required to pay a fee or at least put up a refundable security deposit.
If you're a budding socialite, you may be tempted to invite a long list of people you think would enjoy your holiday party. But what happens if all invited guests arrive to an apartment without enough space, or to a dinner party with too few plates or chairs?
These are all considerations (and not the only ones, either) that you'll need to make when compiling a guest list. Don't under invite, because not everyone will show up. But you also need to ensure you don't overbook your space.
One of the most important holiday party tips we can offer you is to clear out your apartment. Think of this as "party-proofing." Some ways you can do this are to:
While following these holiday party tips might not result in a space that feels like "home," you'll end up with a space that's more conducive to entertaining. Don't be afraid to use all of the rooms in your apartment – even if they aren't normally used for guests!
In all honesty, you can't have a party without some sort of food or drink. Even college parties have the occasional cheese-flavored puffs and red solo cups floating around.
You have options on this front. You could go all-out and serve a gourmet, multi-course dinner. Or, you can always serve simple and sophisticated finger foods for guests to snack on while mingling. Really stressing about the menu? One word – potluck.
As far as drinks go, one way to add an element of luxury to your holiday party without investing too much effort is to have a signature cocktail available. Since it's only one recipe, you won't need to buy a whole new pantry full of ingredients. Your guests will love having a speciality drink to sip on. Don't forget water and non-alcoholic drinks, too – especially if it's a family party!
If you live in a colder part of the U.S., you're very familiar with the bulkiness of coats and how burdensome they can be when out with friends or family. To keep your guests comfortable, create a coat check at your party.
Even if this is just an area near the front door, getting coats out of the way will help keep our party stylish and clutter free while adding an element of elegance to the affair. If you live somewhere where coats aren't worn in the winter, you can substitute this concept for a bag check just as easily!
Parties are notoriously lavish but that doesn't mean they have to be damaging to the environment. Lessen your environmental impact by opting for sustainable supplies like flatware, plates, cups and napkins.
Sugar cane plates and plant-based flatware are examples of sustainable party supplies that can be found at most party stores. Your guests will be full of cheer knowing that their holiday celebration is not negatively impacting our planet.
One of the most fun things to at a get together is play games. Unfortunately, you may not have any outdoor space in your rental. And, even if you do, it's probably freezing outside during the holidays.
To keep guests entertained, consider going virtual with your activities. There are tons of group-friendly games available on the various online app marketplaces. For an extra boost of fun, consider playing virtual versions of popular outdoor games.
Apartments are typically smaller than detached houses. As such, they're much easier to decorate than a large house. But, even if you have a detached rental, you'll still want to think about decorating.
Again, you don't have to do anything fancy or ornate. Some simple flower arrangements, a small Christmas tree or some garland and candles can easily bring holiday cheer.