1. Create more space.
To create more space, architecture design, store pieces of large unnecessary furniture in your garage, bedroom, or friend’s place temporarily. You can store things such as large ottomans and bulky chairs. One of the key successes for every party is space to mingle and move around comfortably so focus to create the perfect balance of seating and standing room.
2. Utilize every nook and cranny.
Make your bedroom the official spot for coats, hats, and scarves. If you keep your guests from laying their bulky coats all over the apartment, space will be freed up. A cheerful tablecloth can also camouflage your washer and dryer and convert it into the perfect beverage station. If you want to get really fancy, remove your books from the bookshelf and transform it into a festive bar. *Bonus points: Add holiday wrapping paper on the inside back of the bookcase for extra flair.
3. Keep the food simple.Chances are you won’t have a whole lot of sitting room in your apartment. Plan to serve appetizers than can be easily enjoyed while standing. Great appetizers and finger foods are much more convenient than foods that need cutting. Visit Food.com or Pinterest for great recipes and ideas or if you’re running out of time, check your neighborhood Whole Foods store for their selection of appetizers and order online.
4. Establish a flow for the party.Visualize the flow of your party and plan accordingly. To keep people from gathering in the same space at once, place beverages and food in strategic locations throughout the dining and living areas and plan activities all around the apartment. This should help your guests feel more comfortable and less cramped.
5. Decorate appropriately.
It may be a little overwhelming to display all of your holiday decorations and knick knacks. Create a beautiful centerpiece on your dining table and add just the right amount of holiday decorations throughout your apartment.
What are you waiting for ? Send those invitations. The holidays are such a special time to spend with friends and family, so don’t let renting an apartment interfere with creating holiday memories. If you know a fellow apartment dweller who could also benefit from this advice, please share these tips with them, as well.