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The time has now come to put the last minute touches on all decorations and prep for hosting duties, and the arrival of guests. Entertaining various amounts of people during the holiday season is no easy task. Not only must you stay on top of edible inventory, but also food allergies, the continuous flow of drinks and much more. We have already discussed ways to survive your holiday guests (see “The Holiday Host’s Guide to Surviving Guests“) and host a stress-free party (see “Casa Basics” Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party“). Now it is time to focus on those who are limited to smaller spaces. Don’t let the size of your apartment ruin your holiday! Here are four ways to host a seasonal gathering in a small apartment. Who knows, you may find it to be an exciting process that yields a more creative result.
4 Tips to Hosting the Holidays in a Small Apartment
1.) Let the Decorations Be Your Distraction - One of the easiest ways to conceal your interior’s short comings is with festive holiday decor. Go all out with a proportionally balanced display of wreaths, lights, stockings and more. Don’t have room for a tall Christmas tree? No sweat! Use a little tree (four feet or under) or add tabletop trees for a little extra drama. By creating a holiday wonderland, you will transform your space into a seasonal hot spot that boasts charm in the midst of low square footage.
2.) Open Up the Space with Accessible Paths - A clean space void of clutter will help make your room look more spacious. Take all coats and place them out of sight (in another room) to prevent visible build-ups. Next, you should decide where and how you want your traffic to flow. Pull back chairs and sofas to allow guests easier accessibility to and from food stations. For more tips on how to lay out your space, read our article ”Holiday Decorating in Cramped Quarters. 15 Ways to Make Your Small Space Chic.”
3.) Have Fun with TV Trays - If you live in a cramped home, chances are a single dining table will not be enough space to seat your guests. Rather than force a situation, encourage casual seating around your interior. TV trays will quickly become your saving grace as it is often difficult to balance a hot plate in your lap (and a drink in your hand). Use your dining table as the primary food station and purchase enough trays for your guests. Decorate each tray to evoke the holiday season and put a creative spin on your ordinary trays. Styling examples include:
- Lining each tray with gift wrap
- Hot glue mistle toes, garlands or ornaments onto each tray
- Decoupage holiday sheet music for fun sing-a-longs
4.) Serving Size Feasts - If you have both the money and time, show off your culinary skills with individual feasts. Cooking individual chickens or hens that are smaller in size become a more personal fare. As a bonus, decorate individual carry out boxes with customized thank yous. This way, your guests aren’t pressured to eat their food in its entirety, and you don’t have to worry about food storage.