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 »
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It didn’t take long after the conference title games for residents of both cities heading to the football championship to start arguing over which city is better. For Boston, this is just “once more unto the breach,” whereas for Atlanta, this is only the second time they’re competing in the final NFL game of the season (last time was in 1999, but they were defeated by Denver). Both are proud cities with storied traditions of sports and apartment-style living. So which city will bring home the trophy? Read the rest of this entry »
“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 »
If you’ve been battling the August heat, it may be hard to believe that summer’s almost over. But before you gear up for sweater season and get ready for the taste of pumpkin flavored – well everything – squeeze one last drop of fun out of your summer by throwing the perfect party for friends or family. With 4 classic summer parties to choose from, it won’t be hard to host the event everyone will still be talking about when the leaves start to fall.
Now that summer temperatures have hit their peak, a classic pool party can be the cure for whatever ails you. Whether you’re looking for something low key and spontaneous or a more elaborate affair comes to mind, if you live in an apartment community with a pool, party planning is easy. Your pool should almost always be ready for action, but make sure to check with apartment management to go over any pool rules and to ensure cleanliness before the day of your get together.
Couldn’t make it to a theatre to see summer’s hottest blockbusters? No worries—just host a watch party of your favorite movies at home! It doesn’t matter if you live in a studio or one bedroom apartment either; no space is too small to turn into a makeshift movie palace. Be sure to dim the lights, provide plenty of snacks, and comfortable seating. Once the mood is set, even the smallest screen can look like the silver screen.
Cookout, Picnic, or BBQ
For good food and great conversation, an old fashioned cookout may be just the party for you. To reduce the stress of planning and cooking, turn your picnic into a potluck! Potlucks save you time and money while adding greater variety into the food you serve. And just because it’s called a cookout doesn’t mean it has to be outside. If you prefer to dine indoors or your party gets rained out, consider a balcony BBQ. It’s easy to turn outdoor space into a grill masters wonderland when you know what to do.
If you’re looking to hangout with friends but want something more exciting than the norm, host a theme night! From a bring-your-own board game night to an off-kilter costume party, murder mystery dinner, and more, any theme is sure to bring out the best in your guests. Create a contest to see who comes to the party best matching the theme and crown the winner accordingly. Let the winner plan the next theme night so you can keep the party going all summer – or at least for what’s left of it!
Are You A Host With The Most?
Living in Proximity
A major characteristic of apartment living is that the proximity of the people you’re living around tends to be closer than living in a standalone residence. Apartments combine the privacy of having your own place with the safety and social ease of living close to others, and it’s not uncommon for people living in apartment buildings to form great, neighborly friendships.
When you first move into a new place, though, figuring out exactly how to meet the neighbors can be kind of difficult. Obviously, just walking up and saying “hi” works, and that’s a time-honored way to break the ice. The best times to do this can be when someone’s walking in their apartment—because they might be in a rush when walking out. A chance elevator encounter always works, because there’s a captive audience. Keep the conversation short and sweet. Since these people live in the same building as you, you’ll have further opportunities to establish bonds down the road.
An Apartment Party Breaks the Ice
A great opportunity to do so is by throwing a party. When doing so, keep it simple. Clean your apartment beforehand, get some snacks (more than you think people will eat) and some refreshments and have a little meet and greet. The point here is to gather some people together who have at least one thing in common (living in an apartment) and see what else you have in common. Talk about your interests and see where the common ground lies with your neighbors. After all, great friendships are all built on these introductory moments—you never know where shared interests will lead!
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