This year has been a difficult one, to say the least. And, now that 2020 is coming to a close, many people are starting to look forward to the upcoming holiday festivities. Since most people are choosing smaller, more intimate gatherings close to home, you might be thinking of hosting your own get together in your apartment this year. If that’s the case, we’d like to help by giving you a few tips on how to make the most of your space and pull off a party that people will remember. Keep reading to learn more and if you’re searching for new apartment homes in the Brighton or Denver area, give the Elements at Prairie Center a call. 

Clear the Clutter

Whether you like to keep your space nice and tidy, or you tend to let your stuff take over, now is the time to make a serious effort to clear the clutter to make space for your guests. That means putting away non-essentials like knick-knacks and decorations that aren’t holiday-related. Clean up your pile of unopened mail, put away electronics and all of the messy cords that go with them, and move coffee tables and other large pieces of furniture that could get in the way. Instead, opt for smaller folding chairs and floor pillows, and small side tables over a large table that eats up most of your living room space. 

Maximize Your Space

Once you’ve cleaned up the clutter in your apartment, the next thing you’ll want to do is to figure out ways to get creative with the space that you have. First, you can rearrange your furniture to give you the most room possible. Next, take advantage of any small tables, bookshelves, or other flat surfaces that can be used for placing appetizers or drinks. If you have a big table in your dining area you can certainly have a sit-down dinner, but it will probably be easier (for you and your guests) to move out the table and just let people move about your apartment and eat buffet-style. 

Get Creative With Seating

Unless you’re used to hosting larger gatherings, you probably don’t have enough chairs for all of your guests. Although you’ll likely have some people sitting and others walking around at any one given time, make sure that you have enough seating — in case everyone does want to sit down at the same time. 

One of the easiest ways to create more seating without taking up a lot of space is to rent a few folding chairs. You can also ask around and see if any of your guests have any that they could bring. If you’re not sitting around a table and just need more places for people to sit in the living room, even those portable folding chairs that you take camping or to sporting events will work. Other options for creative seating include floor pillows — although they can take up a lot of room, a bench, or even a few pillows placed on top of a trunk or other storage piece. 

Set Up Stations Around Your Apartment

This has been a year unlike any other, so why not consider changing up your holiday dinner routine? Instead of a large sit-down meal that can take a tremendous amount of effort (and space) to pull off, why not consider having a buffet-style dinner or even just a large variety of appetizers for your guests? Choosing one of these less-formal options not only makes things easier on you as the host, but it allows your guests to be able to sit back and relax — and that’s something that everyone could use right now. 

If you’re making some larger dishes such as a roast or some casseroles, it’s a good idea to set those up buffet-style in the kitchen. That way you won’t have to carry them through the apartment and risk spilling or dropping them. As far as appetizers go, try setting them out on small tables throughout your space. This not only prevents guests from congregating in one small space around a bunch of dishes, but it encourages mingling and provides better access so everyone can get to their favorite things.

Another important station to have is a drink station. The last thing you want is to have a dozen people going in and out of your kitchen every 20 minutes to refill their drinks. Instead, set up a drink station somewhere away from where all of the action is taking place so they can help themselves and let you have full access to the refrigerator.

Don’t Go Overboard on Decorations

One of the most fun and exciting things about the holidays is the decorations. And, although you may be tempted to pull out every ornament, piece of garland, and string of lights that you have, we encourage you to take it easy on the decorations this year. Instead, consider a couple of well-placed flower arrangements or candles. Go for a small tree that can easily fit in the corner or on top of a small side table instead of getting the biggest one you can find. Since you spent so much time and effort clearing out some space for your guests, don’t clutter it up again with holiday decorations. Find a few small essentials and place them in out-of-the-way places where they won’t easily be knocked down or tipped over.  

Happy Holidays From The Elements at Prairie Center!

It’s hard to believe that November is almost over and holiday celebrations are right around the corner. Hopefully, our tips will help make your holiday party one to remember. If you’re looking for a new place to call home in the Denver-Brighton area, we invite you to take a look at our apartment homes. We offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom pet-friendly apartments and more community amenities than you can imagine. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a virtual tour.