The holidays are here, and with them comes thoughts of entertaining. If you’re considering entertaining in your modern apartment home, don’t worry! You can host a festive holiday get together, even when your space is a little smaller, with these practical tips.
Step 1 – Get Organized
Organization is going to be key. Plan out how many people you can realistically hold in your space, and how much seating you have or can borrow. Plan a menu, keeping in mind the amount of counter and oven space you have. Consider if you will need any additional tables, and invest in a folding option that can slide under your bed when not in use. By planning early, you will save yourself quite a bit of frustration.
Step 2 – Having Turkey? Defrost Early
If your holiday meal will include turkey, make sure you defrost it plenty early. It must thaw in the fridge for safety and takes 24 hours for every 5 pounds of bird. Plan ahead to ensure your turkey is ready to cook when the time is right.
Step 3 – Cook Early When You Can
Consider making some dishes that you can cook the day before. For example, most side dishes for a traditional holiday dinner can be prepped at least 24 hours before served, and then simply warmed when it’s time to eat. This will save you time and decrease congestion in your kitchen.
Step 4 – Move the Furniture
Make sure everyone has room to mingle and eat. Move your furniture if you need to. Store some larger pieces in your bedroom, which won’t be used for the festivities, so you have enough space for everyone.
Step 5 – Serve the Meal Buffet Style
In an apartment, chances are you don’t have room for a large dining room table. You may wish to serve your food from your counter in the kitchen buffet style, so everyone has enough space at the table. Consider your space and the flow of it as you plan for how you will serve the food.
Step 6 – Go Non-Traditional with Food and Decor
Finally, think outside the box when it comes to your food and decor. Do you need to have a tree that sits on the floor? Not if your floor space is limited! Use one on an end table or desk, or decorate without a tree. Could you swap out the traditional holiday dinner for finger foods instead? Everyone will get their fill of food, and you won’t have quite as much prep or mess.
As you can see, you can host a major holiday in your apartment home. All it takes is a little creativity and ingenuity to get the job done well.