As the beloved holiday season approaches, fun & festive holiday parties are in sight! Ugly sweaters, gift exchanges, holiday decor & most importantly… THE FOOD are just a few aspects that make these seasonal gatherings so special. Trimming the tree and hosting one heck of a holiday party in an apartment is a piece of (fruit) cake, and we’ve got a few tips to convince you.
- Make Room for the Festivities
The first and most important thing you will want to cross off of your list is to clear some space for your guests to jingle bell rock. If you’re living area space is tight, you may need to store bulkier items like your coffee tables and side tables elsewhere. Also, don’t forget to remove items that are fra-GEE-leh (Christmas Story anyone?) or sentimental.
- Decorate. Decorate. Decorate.
One of the best parts about hosting a holiday party in a smaller space is that decorating is easier and goes much faster. Not having an entire house to incorporate decorations will save you a lot of time and energy. However, when throwing a party in a smaller space, it is important that you decorate the entire space.. even the bathroom. Make your guests feel like they are part of the party wherever they go.
- Easy Peasy Potluck
Chances are that your kitchen doesn’t have a double oven, XL refrigerator with extra storage or even a garbage disposal. Instead of taking on the burden of preparing everything, make it a potluck! As the host, you get first dibs on what you will be providing. From there, assign your guests with what item (dessert, drinks, salad, etc.) they get to bring. Not only does this take weight off of your shoulders, but your guests will feel like they contributed as well! Win Win!
4. Be Mindful of the Temperature
It gets hot when you have a lot of people smushed into a small space. The best way to keep things cool & comfortable is to turn on the ac and turn the oven completely off at least 1 hour before your party is scheduled to start. You can also crack a window and leave a fan running in a room you aren’t using for entertaining, so your guests can find some relief if things get too hot.