Three Tips on Hosting a Holiday Party in Your Apartment Home

November 20, 2017 06:00 AM
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With Thanksgiving later this week, the holiday season is quickly approaching!

Gift exchanges, parties, and big dinners with friends, family members, and loved ones are often a staple of this time of the year.  For residents of apartment communities, some may be wondering: "how is it possible to continue holiday traditions inside my apartment home?"  Apartments can offer a unique space to host the perfect holiday event.  The Grady Management team compiled a list of three ideas for individuals preparing to host a holiday party or dinner inside their apartment home.

Re-think the space: It is not necessary to host holiday dinners or holiday parties in large homes or event spaces.  In fact, apartment homes can offer a unique and intimate space for holiday gatherings.  The first step in planning for a holiday function inside an apartment home is to evaluate the space.  Depending on the amount of family members or friends attending, setting up a large table of food may not be possible because of the square footage of the dining area.  Instead, try to set up smaller food stations around the apartment so guests can both mingle and enjoy snacks, main courses, desserts, and beverages.  Similarly, set up small groups of chairs and/ or seating areas throughout the apartment with a variety of games at each "station" to cleverly divide up the space and blend the living and dining areas.

Clean and organize beforehand: This may seem like second-nature to many, but cleaning and organizing the apartment home is an important step in preparing to host holiday functions.  Vacuum, dust, and tidy up the spaces guests will experience during the party.  It is important to make the most of the space inside the apartment, so remember to also put away and organize items like blankets, shoes, coats, etc. since those items can clutter the common areas of an apartment.  In addition, seasonal decor may be one of the highlights of a holiday dinner or party.  If decorating, remember to check your lease agreement to determine if any types of decor or installation methods are not allowed.  For example, holiday lights may not be allowed to hang from the top of your balcony or patio.  Subtle decorations may transform your apartment from a home into a winter wonderland, but make sure everything is installed correctly and appropriately. 

Update guests and neighbors: Do you live in a high rise apartment building?  Mid rise or garden style community?  Does your apartment complex have multiple buildings?  What about parking options: marked spaces or an open parking lot?  When hosting a holiday party inside your apartment home, it is important to inform your guests, especially those who are visiting for the first time, about how to visit your community and your particular apartment.  For instance, can guests call your apartment directly through a call box?  Will you be putting out balloons and/ or signage to let guests know where to go when they arrive?  Keeping guests informed will make for an easy and successful start to any holiday function.  In addition, if your party or dinner is planned for later in the evening, it may be a good idea to let apartment community neighbors, such as those across the hall or below you, know that you are hosting a party so that everyone can get on the same page.  

The Grady Management team wishes all of our residents and their friends and family members a happy and healthy holiday season! 

Don't forget to read our last website feature about Grady Management, Inc.'s new Vice President of Rental Operations.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  View our website or visit us on Facebook to learn more about Grady Management.





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