The holidays are right around the corner, and our social calendars are starting to fill up with parties and celebrations with our family and friends. If you’re an apartment dweller, you may have shied away from having large get-togethers because you feel like you wouldn’t be able to accommodate everyone. You shouldn’t let your imagination be limited by your floor plan! Here are some tips for hosting a big group in your flat over the holidays:
DECK THE HALLS
Candles, fairy lights, and music all set the mood without occupying much room. Another tip would be to tidy away the everyday clutter that accumulates in the house. Not only will your home look better, you’ll have more space for entertaining. Plus, if your apartment is clean, your guests might be more inclined to keep it that way.
DESIGNATE “GUEST ROOMS”
The holidays are the one time a year when it’s possible to gather everyone you love under one roof. That said, there’s a fine line between cozy and cramped when hosting a party, even in a 3-bedroom flat. If you’re short on entertaining space in your home, designate a bedroom for other guests to spill into throughout the evening. Make sure to clear it of any of valuables or anything else you’d like to keep hidden away. You can even have them leave their belongings in that room so that things like shoes, coats, and bags don’t get in the way.
HOLIDAY MEAL PREP
Preparing a holiday feast can get a little hectic in a tiny kitchen, especially if you have to feed a lot of people. Consider make-ahead meals that you can start and stow away a few days before the party. Come day of, you just can pop your dish in the oven or pull a no-bake dessert out of the freezer, so you can spend less time slaving away in the kitchen and more time enjoying yourself and entertaining your guests. Another option to organize a potluck, so there’s sure to be enough food for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to coordinate with your guests a few days before so the flavours of the dishes don’t end up clashing. For those of us who are less gifted in the kitchen, there’s also the option of pre-ordering dishes from catering services that seem to be everywhere during the holidays. It’s the perfect excuse to try the trendy dessert on Instagram that everyone is raving about.
GET CREATIVE WITH SEATING
Just because you’ve got 20 people coming over doesn’t mean you’ve got to scramble for a chair and a spare. Get creative with the party setup and menu and use what you have. If you’re short on table space, consider serving finger foods so that guests don’t have to sit down at a table. Seating also doesn’t need to be limited to a traditional sofa and dining chair. Some floor cushions can create a space where your guests can kick back and relax after stuffing their faces with holiday treats.
These are just some of the ways of making your HDB flat fete rival that of any thrown in a grand mansion! By maximizing the fun with minimal space and effort, you too can truly be at home for the holidays.