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November 19, 2021

Tips For Hosting the Holidays in Your Apartment

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and gatherings. If you’ve been thinking about hosting your own holiday party this season, but aren’t sure how to manage the logistics, we’re here to help. Whether you live in a studio or two-bedroom apartment, there are plenty of ways to maximize your space. Here are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to consider before you begin planning your next event.

  1. Prepare Ahead of Time

  2. The key to a successful dinner party is preparing ahead of time. The holiday season is busy and stressful, and you’ll want to do everything you can before the actual event to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Once you have a date picked, send out invitations to have a solid number of attendees and determine what supplies you need. To save time, consider using online invitations through sites like Evite or Paperless Post, which allow you to choose a template and customize your design.
  3. Create a Welcoming Environment

  4. It can be hard to create an open concept layout in a small apartment, but it’s definitely doable. Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture or remove things from the living room to make space for your guests. Since this is a one-night event, you can easily put everything back once it’s over. If hosting in your apartment is not an option, be sure to check out your community’s amenities. Many luxury buildings like The James will offer options to rent out amenity spaces such as the lounge or
  5. Simplify Your Decorations

  6. You want your guests to get into the holiday spirit the second they walk through the door, but there is no pressure to go above and beyond. Small details go a long way. You most likely don’t have the space in your apartment for everything you want to store. To avoid clutter, simplify your decorations to the ones you love most. Make sure you have the proper lighting for the evening as well — nothing says “Happy Holidays” more than twinkling string lights. If you’re on a budget, you can always DIY your decorations.
  7. Plan Your Menu and Serving Area

  8. You can’t have a party without some kind of food or drink. You could go all-out and serve a gourmet, multi-course dinner or serve simple and sophisticated finger foods for guests to snack on throughout the event. Encourage mingling by offering several food stations, each containing different options. The kitchen counter and coffee table are great places to start. For drinks, keep it simple by sticking to one type of beer, a wine selection and one or two types of cocktails, in addition to a few non-alcoholic offerings. Be mindful of any special dietary restrictions or preferences to accommodate all of your guests.
  9. Designate a Spot for Your Guests’ Stuff

  10. This might seem like an obvious rule for any party, but it’s especially important if you’re entertaining in a small space. Depending on how many people are coming, make room in your coat closet or bedroom to hang up their jackets, scarves, etc. This is a great way to stay organized and ensure that everyone can easily grab their stuff on the way out. Also, guests often bring gifts as a way to thank you for hosting. Think ahead of time about where to put gifts so they don’t pile up in the entryway or entertainment space.

Host Your Holiday Party at The James
Looking for a new apartment with space to entertain? The James in Park Ridge, NJ offers studio, one, and two-bedroom luxury residences that will surely impress your guests. With spacious layouts, stunning interiors, and a full lineup of all-inclusive amenities, you can host friends and family while enjoying the excitement of downtown shops and dining just outside your door. Contact our leasing team to schedule a tour or apply online today!