The coming New Year is a time to let go of the past, celebrate the present, and get amped up for the future, and there’s no better way to do that than surrounded by the friends and family that make your life what it is. Throwing a great New Year’s Eve party is an awesome way to join together and show them how appreciated they really are, but if you are living in an apartment rental, you may feel daunted by the lack of space or associated costs of hosting such a bash. Follow these guidelines and you are guaranteed to take away the stress and provide an atmosphere that will leave your guests talking about the success of your soiree for years to come.
Inform Your Neighbors
The number one way to ensure a fun-filled evening is to let your neighbors know in advance that you will be hosting a party. A happy life in an apartment rental requires courtesy between the people you share your walls with, so give them a heads up and ask if there are any requests they have that will make the event less invasive and distracting for them.
Limit Your Guest List
A common misconception when throwing any type of bash is that you have to invite everybody you know. Life in an apartment rental may mean that your space can’t comfortably host every one of your social media pals, so get clear on who is on the non-negotiable list and stick to that. Having a smaller group of friends can actually contribute to an intimate atmosphere, keep costs down, and help alleviate some of the potential for noise complaints.
Make it a Potluck
The kitchen in your apartment rental may not be equipped to handle the kind of cooking required for your guest list. A surefire way to both cut down costs and alleviate some of the stress of throwing your party is to make it a potluck. Ask each of your guests to bring a simple dish that can be shared among the group. If you have that one friend that simply cannot cook (and we all have one), ask them to be in charge of providing disposable plates and silverware.
Reconfigure Your Floor Plan
Chances are good that, during your party, you won’t want your guests freely roaming about your apartment rental, so do your best to keep them confined to the main spaces. Move bulky furniture temporarily into your bedroom or other spaces you would prefer to be “off-limits” for the evening. This furniture shuffle can help to create extra space, and you may even decide to use these larger pieces to block off doors and re-route traffic.
Clean as You Go
Much of the stress associated with throwing a party in your apartment rental comes from the mess that is often left behind. Plan to make this a non-issue by placing trash receptacles conveniently throughout the space and informing guests of their whereabouts upon entry to the party.
Have Some Fun Activities Planned
Although spending the evening with a group of great friends is often enough to create a perfect party, having some interesting activities planned will keep the party going and help guests who may not know one another find a way to engage. Pick one area of your apartment rental where you can create and set up a resolution board. Ask each of your guests to write down one or two of their most important resolutions and pin or tape it to the board. It is sure to spark some interesting conversations.
Having a special event planned for midnight is also imperative to making this a memorable moment. Remember that the dollar store is your best friend here, so costs don’t need to be astronomical. Consider providing your guests with party hats, confetti, or noisemakers. Perhaps you might like to take it a step further and offer your guests a champagne toast. Don’t forget to turn on the TV and watch the ball drop!
Think Safety First
The last piece to a successful New Year’s Eve party in your apartment rental is making sure that your guests arrive home safely. Have a list of cab companies and ride sharing services available for your guests to reference. You may even consider taking guests keys at the door and requiring that they receive a ride home. If there are guests who you know will not be imbibing, ask them ahead of time if they are available to drive a few of your guests who will be.
Searching for an Apartment Rental in the Hattiesburg Area?
Now that you have all of the components together to throw a great New Year’s party at your apartment rental, it’s time to kick off 2018 with a bang! If a new apartment is on your resolutions list, don’t hesitate. Contact Hattiesburg Apartments today and search our gigantic database of rentals in the area. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, we are certain we can help you attain the apartment that is perfect for your needs.