Holiday Cheer: A quick guide to throwing a great party in a small apartment.
Step 1: Make a guest list- Depending on how big or small your home is you have to take into consideration on how many guest you can accommodate, and how many people you are willing to feed and clean up after. Try to keep your guest list small.
Step 2: Make a party planning list- check your cabinets, your decoration stash, and find out what you have in your own home to help with the decorations and even the menu. Things that you already have in your possession can help with saving money.
Step 3: Create a Menu or Do a Potluck- I created a menu for my guest and also asked each guest to bring their favorite alcoholic beverage or their favorite dessert. If you love to cook and love to entertain then creating a menu and cooking all the food provided would be a great option but also can be very expensive. But you're willing to ask your guest to bring in a dish, beverage, or dessert you will be well on your way to a successful cost effective party without the major cooking. Either way both options are a great way to get the party started.
Step 4: Design a sitting layout- When working with limited space, use every inch of the space as possible to create a comfortable sitting area for you and your guest to enjoy. For my space used my sofa a sitting area and aligned two tables in front to create a restaurant atmosphere. I added four extra seats and created a comfortable and stylish sitting area for six guest.
Step 5: Get the message out and Party! Party! Party!- Getting the message out to your guest is the easiest party of planning your social gathering. You can try using apps like Evite or Facebook invite organizer. Your party will be organized and all your guest can rsvp ahead of time to give you an accurate head count. Enjoy the night, have fun, and make room for a successful event and most certainly be ready to plan another party.
Nothing like enjoying the holiday's with friends and family. This year I decided to put my cooking skills to the test and host thanksgiving festivities at my small junior apartment. With limited space, light carpeting, and a Yorkshire terrier that required much needed TLC, i knew this would be a challenge.
My work schedule prevents me from having the holidays off, so time is definitely of the essence. I decided to use my three days off to my advantage as I planned and prepared the feast with the decor one to two days ahead of time. I wrote out the game plan and stuck to the planning list.
However, I spent over my maximum budget at the grocery store on all the ingredients it took to make the lovely meal. But who cared I wanted to bring out the inner Martha Stewart and to do that would mean spending whatever I had, to put on a great party.
I created a menu that was simple but yet a non-traditional take on some of my favorite southern dishes from my childhood.
I made my small gathering a success by following these guidelines to help with every detail.
- Stuffing' Muffins
- Southern Style Mac N Cheese
- Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Bacon Ranch String Beans
- Harvest Salad with dried cranberries and feta cheese