How To Host a Friendsgiving in Your Apartment

As the holiday season approaches, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with the ones you love. While many people share this holiday with family, sharing it with friends is another a fun tradition. If you live in an apartment, you might think you don’t have the space to host this size of an event. Thankfully, […]
ML By Matt LaMar on October 10, 2023

: Friends clinking glasses around a thanksgiving dinner with a turkey and green beans on the table

As the holiday season approaches, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with the ones you love. While many people share this holiday with family, sharing it with friends is another a fun tradition. If you live in an apartment, you might think you don’t have the space to host this size of an event. Thankfully, there are ways to have a Thanksgiving party with your friends, even with limited space.

Hosting a Friendsgiving in your apartment can be fun and festive to celebrate the holiday season. Here are some tips on planning and executing a successful Friendsgiving party in your small space.

Holiday Party Planning in a Small Space

While you might think having an apartment party for Friendsgiving won’t offer enough space, it absolutely could if you set up your space correctly. Taking the time to move furniture around could provide enough space for your friends to have a place to sit down and enjoy their meal.

Despite limited space challenges, hosting a Friendsgiving celebration in your apartment is entirely feasible. By creating a cozy atmosphere and strategically utilizing your space, you can host a memorable holiday gathering that celebrates your friendships.

Plan Ahead

To host a small space party, make sure to plan ahead. Start by setting the date well in advance so your friends can mark their calendars. The earlier you send out invitations, the more likely your friends will have that date free to attend.

Planning ahead can ensure you have enough time to get the supplies for the party. Supplies could include decorations or serving utensils.

Have a Potluck-Style Friendsgiving

Cooking a full meal for multiple people might add a lot of stress when you have a small apartment kitchen. When you send out the invitations, tell your guests to bring an appetizer, main course, side, or dessert. By assigning your guests an item to bring, you can ensure every type of food is present at the party. You can also ensure you’re not the sole one responsible for the entire meal.

Use Outdoor Space

Often, apartments have access to a balcony. If it’s not a freezing day or night, consider putting a drinks station or seating area on the balcony for your guests to have another space to socialize.

Create a Space-Saving Table Arrangement

In an apartment with a small space, you might not have the luxury of having a large dining table that everyone can sit at. Instead, get creative with your table arrangement. A U-shaped table or several tables in different apartment corners could work.

Ask your friends if they have folding tables and chairs you can borrow for the party. By placing a tablecloth over the tables, they can look nicer and fit the Friendsgiving theme.

Provide Entertainment

While the meal is typically the main event at a Friendsgiving, you can elevate everyone’s experience by providing entertainment. Entertainment can include:

  • A Specialized Music Playlist
  • A Movie Night After the Meal
  • Festive Arts and Crafts
  • Games

By providing entertainment, you can give your guests a reason to stay and continue enjoying the night. No matter the size of your space, with some creativity, you can find ways to provide a fun time for your friends during the holidays.

Serve Finger Foods

If your apartment isn’t conducive to a sit-down meal for multiple people, consider only serving finger foods. With finger foods, guests can remain standing or sitting on your couch and dining chairs to eat. You won’t need to worry about finding space for a larger dining table without a full-blown meal.

You can still host a wonderful party in your small space even if you don’t serve a traditional meal. It’s about the time spent together instead of the meal’s size.

Friendsgiving Food Ideas

Cooking for a Friendsgiving is a wonderful occasion to show your culinary skills to your friends. Traditional Thanksgiving recipes make for a wonderful meal. It also takes the guesswork out of what types of foods to cook. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Popular Thanksgiving recipes include:

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes With Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cornbread
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Deviled Eggs

While Thanksgiving foods vary from household to household, Friendsgiving is when people can share their favorite dishes.

Check Out the Apartments at HILLS Properties Today

If you plan to relocate to a new apartment, check out HILLS Properties. Our company took a design-centric approach when developing the property. With this approach, you can find the space to host a Friendsgiving party during the holiday season.

Find a location near you and get a tour of our beautiful property. Your friends will be amazed at the beauty of your home when you choose HILLS Properties. Contact us today to learn more about apartment availability and our amenities.

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