Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task no matter what size of home you live in, and even more so if your residence is an apartment.
While the idea of hosting Thanksgiving in your small apartment might seem scary, it can actually be quite fun, charming, and cozy if know how to do it. That's why we've put together a few tips on how you can host a great Thanksgiving in your very own apartment!
Make a Checklist
Regardless of what you're planning, having a checklist is a lifesaver. While you may assume that you'll remember everything you need to do — what groceries you need to buy, who you need to invite, and who's bringing what — when you get into the thick of things, you may find yourself forgetting important details. Make a thorough list that covers all of the essentials for a good Thanksgiving get-together, and bask in the energizing and calming effect of checking each task off as it's completed.
Respect the Turkey
When dealing with a turkey, you need to ensure you have the right amount of time and space to cook it right. Your apartment oven is probably not big enough to hold more than the turkey, so it's important to make sure the other side dishes you're planning to prepare won't get in the way.
Additionally, cooking a large turkey takes a long time — often longer than you planned — so get it in the oven early if you don't want to deal with starving guests hovering in your apartment kitchen.
Know Your Limits
Just because you're hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment doesn't mean you need to invite every single person you know. Understand the spacial limitations of your apartment, as well as your own personal ability to host people. You won't enjoy the holiday if you're overdoing it. Invite only as many people as you know you can comfortably fit in your apartment, and plan to cook only the things you feel confident about. It's perfectly acceptable to ask guests to bring a side dish or drinks.
That being said, if you're asking guests to bring food or beverages, be specific. If you vaguely tell them to "bring a side," you could end up with 5 gallons of mashed potatoes. And while mashed potatoes are a great side dish, you probably want a bit more variety than that for your Thanksgiving dinner. Make sure each guest knows exactly what they're responsible for bringing. Delegating side dishes will take a lot of pressure off of you and allow you to focus on being a good host!
Rearrange Your Furniture
If you have a lot of guests coming over and you need to make some space, consider rearranging your furniture. While it's not your ideal everyday setup, moving your couches and chairs against the walls will provide more space in the living area for people to socialize. You may even want to add some folding chairs to empty spaces so that everyone has a place to sit.
Thanksgiving in an apartment may be an untraditional concept, but it can still be very homey and fun! If you're looking for a place to call home this Thanksgiving season, Cleveland Crossing Luxury Apartments has 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments to suit any size family! Take a virtual tour and see just how awesome life at Cleveland Crossing can be! If you'd like to learn more or get in touch with us, you can schedule a tour, contact us online or give us a call!