First holiday season away from home? Chances are you’re feeling nostalgic, homesick, and a little clueless (and that’s okay). You’re used to eating the traditional family Thanksgiving dinner — not making it! But worry not. If you’re celebrating Friendsgiving away from home this year, here are some no-cook potluck ideas that’ll leave you and your friends feeling #blessed. Read the rest of this entry »
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Your lease says no grilling, but your heart says summer cookout. What do you do? Is it really summer without burgers or BBQ? These no-grill summer dinner ideas make it easy to listen to your heart without breaking your lease. You might even forget you’re cooking without a grill! 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?
Hosting your first dinner party is a fantastic way to show off that beautiful new apartment. While it might seem like a challenge to host a festive gatherings in small apartments, some simple preparation and planning will lead to a lovely experience for your guests and yourself.
We all know food is only part of the reason that family and friends flock to wonderful dinner parties. You want time to visit with your guests, and for most of us, spending the evening hunched over the kitchen stove while guests mingle is not the ideal way to host a gathering. The best methods for creating a fun apartment dinner party focus on the simple stuff. Uncomplicated meals, pre-made food items or even having your dinner catered by a local restaurant means you spend less time distracted and more time visiting with and enjoying your guests.
For guests who don’t plan on staying for an entire meal or those who are hungry right away, hors d’oeuvres and other finger foods are trouble-free, satisfying and look elegant. Placing pre-made beverages on a breakfast nook will provide easy access for guests, easing traffic congestion in the kitchen as well.
Apartment living typically means limited space. However, that should not deter you from inviting friends, family and even neighbors to your fabulous dinner party. You might be surprised at how much area opens up when you rearrange or remove excess furniture such as small tables and lamps. If seating is in short supply, renting furniture is great choice for ensuring guests have a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the festivities. An apartment patio or balcony will also extend the reach of potential space limitations, giving guests an alternative area to sit or stand.
Of course, having too many guests at a dinner party can be troublesome, regardless of the size of your home; therefore, be sure to send out invitations ahead of time and ask for RSVP’s so you will know exactly how much food, drink and seating is necessary. With these simple tips, your first apartment dinner party can be a fantastic and fun reward for all of your hard work after you find an apartment thats perfectly suited to your needs.