Move on over Halloween, Thanksgiving is here again! We know, we know – it feels like you just recovered from last year’s fun. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the holiday is once again upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to organize your feast!
If you’re like most Seattleites, you don’t live in a massive mansion with a ton of rooms. But, you could live in a wonderful apartment that you’d like to fill with friends and family. Do you know how to maximize space and time when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving in an apartment? Well, we sure do! The party lovers at Eleanor Apartments are ready with some advice to help you prepare for hosting a fantastically memorable holiday dinner in your apartment community.
1. Rearrange Your Furniture
Our Thanksgiving tips are centered on one main concept: creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. Even if your apartment is on the cozier side, you can generate a significant amount of space by clearing out unnecessary clutter and rearranging belongings. You need as much room and seating as possible to accommodate all of your favorite people, the food, the coats, and everything else. Turn your bedroom into a storage area and fill it with items that are not immediately necessary for dinner, such as books, bikes, and giant vinyl collections. Push the couch up against a wall and move the dining table into the center of your living room. This will improve flow, and you can place any extra chairs you have in the newly cleared dining room to increase the amount of social space available. At Eleanor, we offer additional storage space as well as bike storage!
2. Clean Out the Kitchen, Refrigerator, Countertops, etc.
While this may be the least amusing of all the Thanksgiving tips you’ll get, it’s one of the most important. You’ll need to prepare for the massive amounts of food that will soon be occupying your kitchen. Move and store any unneeded appliances or snack foods that live on your counters. Clear as much refrigerator real estate as possible to prepare for all the groceries, dishes and subsequent leftovers. Things like old Thai food and expired condiments aren’t going to do you any favors. But, if you insist on keeping them, BuzzFeed suggests using a cooler to store the food you don’t need.
3. Do as Much Ahead of Time as Humanly Possible
Save an incredible amount of time by choosing what recipes you are going to use. Also, if you need to, practice making them. Prep whatever you can in the preceding days. Obviously, those foods that can be prepared quickly or have a short lifespan (we’re looking at you, avocados) should be saved for Thanksgiving day. However, other dishes such as dessert, cranberry sauce or casserole can be dealt with before the holiday. Also, to include some creative flair in our Thanksgiving tips list, we suggest preparing and showcasing a Thanksgiving dinner menu for your guests. It will add a bit of a fine dining to the party.
4. Accept Help From Your Guests!
You don’t have to do alone. Get some free work out of your guests. It’s a holiday – they can’t refuse. Actually, maybe they can, but if they off it means they’re happy to do it and you should take them up on that. This will not only make for a less stressful event, it will free you up sooner so you can be social, hang out and have a good time. Ask people to bring dishes or allow them to get involved in some of the cooking tasks. If they can’t cook, ask them to bring games or other forms of entertainment. Well, that is unless you have a community social space like those at Eleanor Apartments…which brings us to the finale of our Thanksgiving tips extravaganza.
5. Utilize Your Community’s Social Spaces
Remember, you don’t have to be restricted to your apartment. Think about utilizing the social spaces within your complex if you can. Eleanor includes a stylish Community Lounge. It’s a large, open area that boasts a full kitchen which allows cooks and guests to spend more quality time together. Also, everyone is free to enjoy our library, pool table, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, shuffleboard, and rooftop deck with stunning views of Seattle. With so many activities to choose from, your family might be too distracted to sit down for dinner.
Of course, we can’t neglect to mention that our Seattle apartments are located in the heart of Roosevelt, one of the city’s best neighborhoods. After eating dinner and relaxing, you can work on digesting by taking a little through Ravenna Park or Green Lake. In all seriousness, we are passionate about creating environments that foster relationships and improve life experiences. We hope these Thanksgiving tips will help you spend less time being stressed out and more time making memories with your loved ones.