5 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party in Your Apartment

holiday champagne glassesNo matter what you’re celebrating, the end of the year is a natural time to open your home to guests and enjoy good food and drink together. Think you can’t have a party because you don’t have acres of square footage? Think again! Follow these tips to make the most of your entertaining space and show off your hospitality.

1. Plan Ahead
The holiday season is busy for everyone, so choose your date and get your event on people’s calendars early. To accommodate the most people, consider hosting an open house-style event that allows your guests to drop by for a spell without committing to a specific time frame. This can also free up some space in your living room, as not all guests will be on site at the same time.

2. Remember the Neighbors
When you live in an apartment home that has you sharing walls with neighbors, remember to keep their needs in mind. Schedule your party to end before 10 p.m., and let them know your plans ahead of time so they can prepare for a little extra noise or hallway traffic. One of the easiest ways to smooth things over is to invite them to stop by!

3. Consider
Your Space If you have your heart set on a dinner party, your guest list will be limited by the size of your dining table and the number of chairs you own — this is perfect for an intimate gathering. If you’re more of a social butterfly, push your table against the wall for use as a buffet. You can also clear some space in your living area by moving extra furniture to your bedroom, creating more room to mingle.

4. Should You Go Potluck?
If you love to cook — and if your kitchen has enough space to prepare and store all the food you need — go for it! If you’re pressed for time or space, though, consider hosting a potluck and asking guests to bring a dish. You could also have the event catered. Either way, food arrives ready to serve. Purchase some take-out containers to send leftovers home with guests if you don’t have room to keep it all!

5. Add an Activity
If you’re planning to invite people who don’t already know each other, a hands-on activity will help break the ice and allow your more introverted guests time to warm up. You can let guests decorate cookies or cupcakes, string popcorn and cranberry garlands, or decorate a tree together for some holiday-themed fun.

Remember, no apartment is too small to be warmed up by friends and family during the holiday season!