If you haven’t noticed while strolling by any retail or grocery store, the holidays are upon us! It’s time for all those favorite holiday traditions, including hosting the perfect holiday party. Just because you don’t live in a mansion, doesn’t mean your holiday festivities have to be limited. Here are a few tips for hosting parties in smaller spaces:
- First, decide on your theme and build your party around that. Is this a cocktail party featuring bite-size appetizers, a 5-course sit-down dinner, or a buffet-style potluck? Once you know what kind of entertaining you would like to do, you can start planning your party.
- Plan your guest list. Planning ahead will help you, the host, enjoy your own party. Plan out your guest list, taking into consideration the size of your apartment and how many guests will comfortably fit. You can also check in with the leasing office about reserving extra space if your community features a banquet or entertainment room.
- Plan your menu. Once you’ve determined your guest list, make a list of foods and drinks you’d like to serve, and whether or not you want to make those items yourself, purchase prepared foods, or hire a caterer. Keep in mind that the holidays are all about giving and that guests might enjoy contributing their favorite dish or drink to the party, so don’t be afraid to ask!
- Prep food and drink ahead of time and free up your kitchen space. If you are preparing foods, try to do the bulk of your cooking ahead of time and keep the kitchen counters free of clutter and pots and pans.
- Make room for guests! Move items off your countertops, tables, and shelves and put coasters down for your guest’s drinks. The more space you have freed up, the better. Designate a place for purses and coats so they don’t take up much needed space during the party.
- Move your furniture around to accommodate a party. Depending on the type of party you’re having, don’t be afraid to move things around to make room for your guests. For larger sit-down dinners, consider moving the dining room table into the living room and adding rented tables and chairs to each end. Now you have a dining area fit for all your favorite people. Add a tablecloth and decorations, and let the feasting begin!
- Transform your space. Invest in a few sushi-style pillows and turn your coffee table into a gathering area for guests to kick back, relax, and enjoy the festivities. Move the drink bar to the patio. Transform countertops to a buffet line. Use tiered and stackable platters to conserve space. Use one half of the kitchen sink to ice drinks. Avoid congestion and split up the food around the living room so guests are encouraged to mingle beyond the kitchen/dining area.
Of course, the most important component of any party is to have fun! Share your holiday hosting tips with us at #LifeatWeidner. Is it too early to say, “Happy Holidays?!” We don’t think so, and apparently, neither do the retail stores!
-The Weidner Team