The holiday season will be here before you know it. The holidays mean different things to all of us, of course, but there is one thing that most everyone tends to correlate with the holidays. What is that, you ask?
Parties. Some people attend them. Some people throw them. And just because you live in a condo does not mean you cannot be part of the latter group. Hey, condo denizens like a good party as much as the next person, right? Right. While condo owners and single-family homeowners must put a lot of planning into a party, condo residents have some unique things to consider when they are hosting a holiday party. Some of them follow.
1. Take advantage of your resources. Most condo owners cut a check to the condo association every month. In exchange, they get access to the common spaces in the building. Take advantage of them, since many buildings have party rooms and other rooms that are prime for entertaining. But check into it before the party to make sure there are no additional fees, and that other residents do not plan to use it.
2. Invest in a coat rack. Your guests are not going to want to carry their coats around your condo all night, but you do not want them stacked haphazardly, either. If you have a closet near the front door, make sure it has a coat rack. And if not, there are plenty of folding racks that can be stored when they are not in use.
3. Rearrange your furniture. Create as much open space as possible, and arrange the furniture so it encourages a smooth flow and easy conversation. Do not make your guests talk to one another from opposite sides of the couch.
4. Delegate. When you live in a (relatively) small, open space, you do not want to be stuck in the kitchen cooking. Ask your guests to bring a dish to share. Or, if you have money to spend, hire a caterer.
5. Prioritize parking. Let your guests know where they can and cannot park. If your guests are late because they cannot find a spot to park, nobody will be happy. They will have wasted time trying, and you will be sitting with a bunch of food that is getting cold. Depending on how far you want to go, you could hire someone to valet cars to and from the front door of your condo building.