Entertaining in Your Seattle Apartment During the Holidays
Entertaining during the holidays is something millions of people do for all sorts of reasons. Some families invite everyone they know over to exchange gifts for Christmas, and other people love welcoming the New Year with friends and loved ones.
The winter holidays are a great time to plan a party because people often have a few days off from work to relax at the end of the year. If you live in an apartment, entertaining can feel a little tricky. Fortunately, there are some simple moves you can make to ensure your guests won’t feel squashed and cramped during your get-together.
Move Furniture Around and Rearrange Things
If you live in a standard apartment, there’s a significant chance you don’t have an entertaining space that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice. While you might have a comfortable couch where a few guests can sit while you all enjoy a movie or a game, a party with many more attendees might create some difficulties where your apartment becomes standing-room-only.
Apartments.com has a great suggestion if you’re worried that even moving all the furniture around might not give you the space you need:
“If you’d like to have more people, consider hosting a drop-in party, where friends can come and go. These are great for bigger parties in small spaces since there won’t be (hopefully!) too many people in your place at one time.”
Even if you think your apartment will turn into an entirely chaotic experience, there’s no need to panic. Just make sure you don’t invite more people than your apartment can handle. You’ll probably have a few cancellations or folks who can’t make it for the entire night anyway.
Don’t Have a Fireplace? Use Your Television
If you own a smart TV, you can connect to the internet and find a video of a fireplace and a fire (if you do a YouTube search for “Yule log,” you’ll find a ton of videos). You can run the video on repeat as long as your guests are around, and the video should spark some fun conversations and add some holiday spirit to the ambiance of the party.
Reader’s Digest has some additional ideas for what you can show on your television during your party:
“Unless you’re throwing a Super Bowl party, you’ll probably be keeping the TV off. But just because guests aren’t hunkering down for a movie doesn’t mean the screen should stay blank. Instead of having a big black void, do a loop of a video or a movie that might be appropriate.”
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you might put “Miracle on 42nd Street” on if you’ll be welcoming kids to the party or “Love, Actually” if you’ll be welcoming a party made up of adults.
Enjoy the Holiday Season in Your New Seattle Apartment
Are you searching for an apartment in the University District of Seattle? We’d love to welcome you on a tour of our apartment community. Our apartments are ideal for entertaining, and our location right in the middle of Seattle means you’re close to everything you want to enjoy in the city. Contact one of our leasing agents today for more information on our apartment homes.