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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It’s September, which means fall is upon us. The air is getting cooler, pumpkins are getting spicier, and the trees are getting orange-ier? But changing leaves aren’t the only things you’re watching. That’s right; it’s football season! And if you’re planning on throwing a watch party, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure your party is a touchdown. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
A former college roommate is looking to establish himself in a new city—your city. Being a nice person, you agree to give him a place to crash temporarily, but just until she gets set up at his new job and finds an apartment of his own.
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 »
“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 »
Do you consider yourself the host/hostess with the most/mostest? Are you the envy of friends and family for the Pinterest-worthy parties you create? …No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been on the receiving end of: “I’m going to be in town this weekend! Mind if I crash at your place?” (*insert wide eyes emoji here*) Of course you want to accommodate but…ohmygosh how on earth will you get ready for company should you make muffins and possibly put on an apron and wow there’s so much to do where to start AHHHH.
We know. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below are some tips to make your apartment feel like a cute, cozy, home away from home for anyone that crashes at your pad. 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.
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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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House guests can bring an apartment renter some real pride of place. One of the nicest things you can do for a friend or family member is offer them a place to stay at your apartment if they’re visiting from out of town, or if they’re just in need of a temporary place to crash. Hosting house guests can be a lot of fun — but what happens if they overstay their welcome?
There’s a famous Plautus quote: “No guest is so welcome in a friend’s house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.” While that may not exactly be true for everybody, Plautus is making a good point — having house guests over can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye, often because they’ve just simply stayed too long. That can make for a really awkward situation.
If you’re hosting some friends or family members at your apartment, here are some tips for making sure things go smoothly with your house guests:
- If you have roommates, you should absolutely check in with them first. Tell them there’s a possibility that guests will be staying over at your apartment. Ask if that would be okay, and if so, how long they may stay.
- Talk to your house guests before they arrive, or preferably, before they make final plans. Let them know how long they may stay with you and be upfront about your house rules.
- You may also want to fill them in on your apartment complex’s rules.
- Going off the previous tip, find out what your house guests’ expectations are. Will they expect you to pick them up from the airport? Do they want you to take them on a tour of the city? Will you be their only transportation? These are important things to know before they arrive so you can plan accordingly. If they will be relying on you for transportation and your work schedule doesn’t really allow it, be sure to give them a heads up.
- Be honest about your expectations, too. If you want your house guests to wash their own dishes and help around the house, you should tactfully mention that when you extend your invitation.
- Once plans are made, make sure you have a place for your house guests to sleep. If you have a small apartment and only have a couch to offer up for bed space, let your guests know so that they can make arrangements to bring an air mattress or a sleeping bag.
- Have clean towels ready for them.
- If you know of any of their favorite snacks or drinks (you can always ask them!), you could pick them up before your house guests arrive. They’ll appreciate your thoughtful gesture.
Laying out rules and being clear with your house guests before they even arrive can help make things go as smoothly as possible. After all, being a host should be enjoyable, not a source of frustration and stress.
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