Hosting a holiday party in your DC apartment this year? Take some extra time to make your dwelling more darling for the season!
Whether it’s a gathering to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, New Year’s Eve, or any other holiday festivity, these decoration tips and setting-the-mood instructions will make your apartment truly shine!
- First thing’s first: Have a party-friendly apartment.
Starting with a good foundation always makes things easier. So if your current DC apartment is, well, lacking in style or if you’re currently in the middle of a move, you might want to hold off on the party this year. Instead, check out the places available at Keener Management — who always have super stylish apartments at affordable prices.
On the other hand, remember that you don’t have to have a huge, professionally styled place to host your holiday party. Even if you have a small place, you can still decorate and have an excellent holiday gathering for you and your friends. For example, Keener Management offers studios and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that are the height of affordable luxury.
- Perfect your lighting.
Fortunately, Keener Management apartments have great lighting options. However, for your holiday party, you’ll probably want dim lights. If this can’t be achieved with overhead lights, therefore, you’ll want to invest in a lamp or two if you haven’t already. Turn these on instead of your overhead lights.
Additionally, consider investing in a few strings of twinkle lights. Set them up around a centerpiece on your coffee table or draped over a doorway. To really get in the holiday spirit, top everything off with one or two seasonal candles — put in safe places, away from the action, of course.
- Add a lovely scent.
The scent of your apartment will always make a difference. For a lovely scent of winter, try putting the following into a pan and simmering it on low on the back burner of your stove:
- A few orange peels or apple peels
- A few drops of vanilla
- A ½ tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom
- 1/3 cup of water
As the mixture heats up on low, a lovely seasonal aroma will waft through your apartment and invite your guests to your homey abode.
- Turn food and drinks into decoration.
One nice thing about decorating and providing food and drinks if you’re on a budget is to go to the local thrift shop. There, there will always be cutesy, kitschy serving plates, bowls, and other platters to serve your food on. Add a string of lights to your buffet table or serving tray, light a few candles nearby, and voila! You’ve got food fit for kings.
Start Prepping Now!
If you haven’t already, start gathering all the things you’ll need for your holiday get-together now. As the holidays approach, you’ll simply get more and more stressed with all of the other arrangements you’ll need to make and things you’ll need to buy. The sooner you get started on your holiday party planning, the better.
Follow all of the steps above, and your festive get-together is sure to be a successful one. Good luck!