Tips for Hosting the Holidays in Your Apartment

Before you know it, sleigh bells will be ringing.  It’s that time of year again. Make hosting the holidays in your apartment rental a breeze with the following tips.

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Choosing the right décor is essential in setting the mood. A dramatic, yet elegant centerpiece will grab the attention of your guests and spruce up any table. Candles are inexpensive but always add that extra ambience to any room. Clear vases filled with various ornaments could also do the trick. There are so many options out there suitable for any budget.
The holiday season is the definitely the time to use your fine china! However, simply having matching flatware and linens will go a long way in presentation. Catering supply companies will often sell wine and champagne glasses in bulk. Gold, silver, or even red chargers placed underneath white plates or serving pieces can be an inexpensive way to adorn your table. Remember to add some extra flatware to the list just in case someone drops a fork!

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It is time to update the playlist on your iPod to include some classic holiday music. Christmas classics, whether it be “Jingle Bells,” “The Chanukah Song,” or “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” incite nostalgia regardless of age. The right music can make or break a party.

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The Menu

When considering cocktails, it is important to note that not everyone prefers wine with dinner. It might be helpful to have a variety of options available, including plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Lemon, oranges, and limes add extra pizazz to both flat and sparkling water beverages.

Preparing a menu can be fairly stressful. You certainly don’t want to make anyone sick or unintentionally offend anyone. It is important to know if anyone has any food allergies or if you have vegan or vegetarian guests. You could also cover your bases by preparing a selection of appetizers and dishes designed to suit a wide variety of tastes. Remember: When having a holiday party, always be mindful of your neighbors.

On behalf of all us of here at Garden Communities California … happy holidays!