4 Tricks for Throwing a Holiday Party in Your Apartment
The holiday season is upon us and that means holiday parties! We know lots of residents here at the Devonshire love to throw holiday dinners, but if this is your first time planning a holiday party here are four tricks to make it a great night without a ton of stress!
1. Rearrange your furniture for the night.
Don’t be afraid to actually remove furniture from your living/dining areas to open up as much floor space as you can! Reorganize your couch and chairs, move out the coffee table, expand your dining table, bring in some folding chairs; whatever you need to make sure everyone is comfortable but not too cramped. If you don’t have enough chairs for everyone why not scatter throw pillows around the room and turn your holiday party into a Moroccan-inspired affair! The best holiday parties are the ones where people are laughing, talking and having a good time. And what’s sitting on the floor among friends?
2. Clean as you go.
In a small kitchen, especially when you are cooking for a large group of people, it’s imperative you clean as you go! Not only does this make cleanup at the end of the night easier, it also keeps your counter spaces clear so you can put out food and drinks for your guests. A countertop can also double as a dining table if need be, so that gives you another good reason to do those dishes as you do them. Oven-to-table serving ware means you can cook and serve in the same dish, making for even less mess. If you wash your dishes as you go it also means you can use fewer mixing bowls and cooking utensils as you prepare your holiday dinner. It only takes a little extra effort to load the dishwasher and that means you get to spend more time with your guests after dinner.
3. Buy inexpensive glassware and holiday-themed plates.
Most of us don’t have dozens of wine glasses or a 24-set of matching plates, so if you want to add a little extra festivity to your holiday party why not buy a few new sets? Stores like Ikea and Target are a great place to pick up new dishes for cheap so you have plenty of dishes for your party without dropping hundreds of dollars. Instead of buying new stuff (especially holiday-themed sets you can only use once or twice a year), you could also ask your friends and see who has a set you can borrow for the night.
4. Make it a buffet.
If you make your appetizers ahead of time and have them spread out among the room, as opposed to keeping them all on the table, you’ll keep people from congregating in one corner of your apartment. If you can set up a bar on the opposite side of the room even better! And if you are trying to squeeze a few extra people in at your table, the easiest way to make more space is to move the food! Think about how much space 4 or 5 platters of food takes up on a table. Instead, set up a buffet on your side tables or countertops and let people serve themselves. And while table decorations make your holiday party look lovely, keep them to a minimum on any surface where food goes so people aren’t cramped.