Halloween is almost here, and that means lots of spook-tacular celebrations are too! Do you live in a studio apartment? No worries! You don’t have to rent Frankenstein’s castle to throw a truly ghoulish gathering. Use these fun ideas for decorations, food, and games that are totally doable…or, shall we say, BOO-able—even if you’ve got a small space to work with. Now let’s get down to some scary business! Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is in full swing and it’s not complete without a festive BBQ shindig with all your friends! Stumped on how to host one when you rent an apartment? It can be tricky to throw a great barbecue if you don’t have a backyard or full-size grill – tricky, but not impossible. ApartmentSearch has you covered with these tips and tricks for hosting a BBQ bash on a budget, specifically for apartment dwellers without a yard to use! Read the rest of this entry »
Prepare the pumpkins, fire up the cauldron and get your eye of gnoot ready – the spookiest night of the year is coming up fast! All Hallow’s Eve is the perfect excuse for one thing: throwing a scary good shindig at your apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kelly Schwarze
If Friday nights are usually spent in bed watching the 13-inch screen of your laptop, it’s time to take your movie marathons to the next level and create a home theater that will have all your friends and family members knocking down your door for a season pass. You can create a theater in your living room that will not only be just as thrilling as watching the latest chart toppers, but also provide plenty of opportunities to entertain your favorite people. Grab some popcorn and start imagining your new home theater with these five pieces. Read the rest of this entry »
“In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.” – The Olympic Oath
“U.S.A.! U.S.A!” Or whichever country you’re hollering for! Regardless of what you’re yelling at the TV, it’s no secret why: the summer Olympics are almost here (Hint: They’re August 5 to 21, 2016). Two words in that last sentence are great reasons to throw a party: summer, and of course, the Olympics! So grab your flags, craft your little heart out, and whip up mom’s famous seven-layer dip. Follow our handy Olympic party guide to throw the ultimate apartment shindig! Read the rest of this entry »
So, your family is coming to your new apartment for the holidays? We understand that this is a very exciting, yet daunting moment for you. There can be a lot of pressure on you to host the perfect holiday celebration. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of a few things to keep in mind when planning this year’s festivities.
1) Don’t Wait To Clean!
The last thing that you want to worry about on your big day, when you have a million other things to think about, is cleaning up your bathroom or steam cleaning the carpets. That is why it is important to do all of the major cleaning at least few days ahead of time.
2) Make the Dinner a Potluck
If you have a large family, where every extended family member joins you on holidays, then it can be pretty difficult to cook for everyone. Choose a few main dishes, like the turkey and green bean casserole, to make yourself and then divvy out the other dishes to the other family members.
3) DIY: Decorating It Yourself
If you want your apartment to exude holiday cheer, but are on a budget, you can make your own holiday decorations. This is not only an inexpensive way to decorate, but it’s also a fun activity. In fact, you can make creating decorations a fun family or friend bonding event. Just get together a few weeks before the holidays and get decorating!
4) Don’t Forget to Have Fun
This is the most important part! The holiday season is about spending time with your family and friends, while being thankful for all of the wonderful things in your life. If something doesn’t go as planned, remember that everything will be ok. Your loved ones will be happy just to be spending time with you. They’ll have memories of the great time they had with you, not of the slight imperfections in the day.
By keeping these things in mind, your holiday hosting is sure to be a success. For more apartment living tips, keep an eye on our Apartment Living blog.
Not all apartments are created equal when it comes to clearing space for guests. Even though your apartment search may have turned up the apartment that’s just right for you, maybe it’s a little too cozy for a family gathering; maybe the apartment’s layout is too awkward to accommodate traditional seating options; or maybe you simply don’t have enough chairs! Whatever your reason for needing a better way to seat your guests during a holiday party in your apartment, search no more for solutions. Here is ApartmentSearch.com’s guide to finding ways to comfortably seat your party guests in your apartment. Search your home or go shopping for these creative (and easy!) storage solutions.
If you’re low on space to keep extra seating, consider getting a set of stacked stools. When not in use, they can be stored under a coffee table or in a closet with ease. Likewise, you can scatter a few extra chairs, either cushy or sturdy, in nooks throughout your home. Add a personal touch to a bathroom with a low ottoman or a small armchair, or place a chair in the corner of your bedroom. Then when guests arrive, simply pull those chairs from their respective rooms and put them out for your guests.
Looking for seating ideas that don’t include traditional chairs? For the kids, get some big floor cushions out for comfy, playful seating. You can always stack them in the corner or put them under a bed when you’re not using them. You can also use a low, large upholstered ottoman as a coffee table; then, when guests arrive, clear it off so it can double as relaxed living room seating in your apartment.
Search the Apartment for More
If you don’t want to buy new seating for your apartment, search your other rooms for seating that you can repurpose. A trunk or bench sitting at the foot of a bed could be pulled up to a dining room table, while ottomans, desk chairs, and footstools in other rooms can be corralled into a central location.
Change of Location
If it’s not freezing yet and you have a few space heaters, consider moving a table of guests, or even the whole party, onto your patio, backyard, or balcony. Supply party-goers with blankets and hot chocolate so they can keep warm and have fun.
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