‘Tis the season for holiday parties and home entertaining – and, for those who live in apartment homes and like to host friends and family during the holidays, this means it’s time to start prepping and looking for ways to maximize your space as well as master home entertaining logistics. Do you have enough seating for all the guests you’d like to invite? What types of decorations does your apartment building allow?
Apartment Guide – the guide for finding your ideal place to live – has complied a list of holiday entertaining tips for those who are celebrating the season in a new apartment for the first time and may need a little help navigating this time of year in their new place.
Check out more of the Apartment Guide Tips on how you can navigate holiday celebrations in small spaces.
Prep for Holiday Decorating: Decorating for the holidays is half of the fun, but before you deck out your apartment with festive decorations, speak with your property manager about your building’s policies as some may affect balcony, wall, lighting and tree decorations. For example, most buildings allow real Christmas trees as long as the tree is treated with fire retardant spray. Some buildings even offer free tree spraying!
Make Space for Friends & Family: Don’t be afraid to rearrange furniture for the evening to maximize space and increase seating. Often kitchen tables are against walls; moving these tables to the center of the room will allow you utilize all four sides for seating during parties. In addition, move unnecessary items that take up floor and counter space (e.g., magazine racks, bookshelves, cookbooks, etc.) into your bedroom, so that there’s more room for guests to stand and mingle!
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Storage Solutions for Holiday Supplies:
- Tuck away holiday linens and decorations in storage ottomans or benches to maximize space and de-clutter your closet
- Check to see if there is extra storage space available in your apartment building or consider renting a space through a storage facility, since you only use these decorations once a year – perhaps go in on a space with a friend!
- Sick of storing gift wrapping paper in hard to reach places? Check out this gift wrap organizer – perfect for your apartment closet .
In addition, to help those who may be searching for a new apartment before the holiday parties begin, Apartment Guide looked at their listing data and put together a list of top metros for apartments for holiday entertaining. To compile this list of top metros, Apartment Guide looked at amenities that make party hosting easier, such as a dishwasher for easy cleaning after the party, a microwave for reheating food you prepped the night before and an island kitchen for more prep and dining space.
Top 10 Metros for Apartment Entertaining This Holiday Season*
1. Denver, CO
2. Phoenix, AZ
3. Seattle, WA
4. Tampa, FL
5. Houston, TX
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Raleigh, NC
8. Omaha, NE
9. Jacksonville, FL
10. Huntsville, AL
*Methodology: Apartment Guide looked at their data for the top cities with apartment listings that included a balcony, island kitchen, dishwasher, washer and dryer in-unit, microwave and extra storage space. Please note the Minneapolis metro area includes St. Paul, MN and Bloomington, WI.
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