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How to Throw an Apartment Party That Could Rival Any House Party

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Forget house parties. You don’t need a lot of space to throw the ultimate apartment party. Start planning with our latest planning guide for small spaces!

Just because you live in a small space, doesn’t mean you can’t host an amazing get-together. An apartment party can be just as fun as one held at a house. You may need to think outside-the-box to brainstorm unforgettable apartment party ideas, though.

If you’re not sure where to start when planning your shindig, we can help. Keep reading to learn how to host a party in a small apartment.

Decide on Your Guest List

Whether you want to admit it or not, there’s a limit to how many people you can fit into your apartment. You can pack 50 people in there like sardines, but no one is going to want to stay long if they’re uncomfortable.

If you must have a long guest list, expand the length of your party and cleverly word the invite. For example, invite your friends to “stop by” anytime between 5:00 and 9:00. This phrasing lets your guests choose when to arrive and gives them permission to leave when they like. 

It’s a lengthier time commitment on your end as a host, but you’ll be getting a faster guest turnover. This allows you to see everyone you invited without feeling too cramped together.

If you don’t want a revolving door party, stick to a small guest list. Too many people shoved into a small space is a fire hazard

Craft an Epic Menu

You don’t need to cook an elaborate meal to impress your guests. You shouldn’t, either, unless you’re planning a dinner party. If you’ll be serving appetizers instead, be sure to mention so on the invite.

Don’t serve hot food if you can avoid it. The oven will make your apartment warm, leading to sweaty guests and too much body odor. Plus, hot food has to be kept at certain temperatures to avoid bacteria growth.

Consider a charcuterie board – a fancy version of a meat, cheese, and cracker platter. These boards aren’t your Costco meat trays, though.

Charcuterie boards are beautiful platters that are simple to make at home. You can find everything you need at Wal-Mart or other discount grocery stores. 

There is no wrong way to put together a charcuterie board. Don’t be afraid to stack and pile items up high. Try to avoid mixing meats or crackers in the same pile to make it easier for your guests to grab what they’re looking for. 

The best boards have a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, crackers, fruits, nuts, and savory items like pickles and olives. Red berries, grapefruit, tomatoes, pickles, and dips can add a lot of eye-catching colors. 

Dips like pesto, hummus, jelly, or mustard are always a hit.

Consider several smaller charcuterie boards to prevent guests from loitering by the food.

Serve the Best Drinks

No party is complete without beverages. Regardless of whether you’re serving alcohol, you’ll need to provide something for your guests to sip on.

Punch is a great party drink that can be made without liquor. Pour it into a punch bowl and let your guests serve themselves. 

If you do choose to offer alcohol, there are several ways to go about it. You can pick up a few cases of craft beer or bottles of affordably priced wine. If you know your guests prefer mixed beverages, buy a decanter to serve a cocktail you mix in advance. 

Providing drinks for everyone at your party can get expensive fast, though. Be sure you budget for it. Try checking an online spirits website to see if you can find deals on alcohol. 

If you choose to not provide alcohol, be sure to indicate as much in the invite. A simple “Event is BYOB” will suffice.

Make Space

You only have so much room to work with, so throwing a party in an apartment can be difficult.  Clear out as much space as you can before your guests arrive. If you have a storage room in your building, store as much nonessential furniture there.

Don’t leave anything on your tabletops. Your books, tablets, and picture frames can be stored away during the party. 

Convert your essential furnishings into party stations. Your coffee table is now a beverage station, the kitchen counters are charcuterie board central, and your bedroom is off-limits.

Since your room is off-limits, where will you store your guest’s jackets? Consider cleaning out your coat closet or using your shower curtain as a coat rack.

Put a little extra effort into the bathroom. All your personal effects like make-up, hairbrushes, or toothbrushes should be put away. Provide fresh towels and nice soap for your guests.

Decorate, But Not Too Much

A party is a great excuse to pull out the fancy decorations you’ve had tucked away. The problem with apartment parties is that space is prime real estate. You don’t want to decorate every square inch of space.

Put up string lights, light a candle, or place a mason jar of fresh flowers on the table. The simpler you go with the decor in your small space, the better. 

Safety First

Imagine the pandemonium that would ensue if an emergency were to happen during your party. If all attendees were intoxicated, it could get very ugly, very fast. 

It’s not a bad idea for the host to stay sober. You can ensure your guests aren’t drinking too much or getting too rowdy. 

Don’t allow anyone to drive home after having a few drinks. Call them a cab or Uber to ensure they get home safely. 

Host an Epic Apartment Party

We hope you’re feeling confident that you know how to throw a party in a small apartment now. With our tips, you’ll be ready to host an unforgettable apartment party this weekend. 

Check out our Lifestyle section for more party planning tips and ideas. 

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