Host a Holiday Party at Your Long Term Space

21 December 2017

Sure, it’s fun to head out on the town with friends to celebrate the holidays, but staying in can also be a blast. If you’re worried that living in a long term space has to hold you back from the festivities, think again: You can host a shin-dig at your temporary home with a few tips on making your event the sensation of the season.


  • Forego What You Know: Obviously, you want to serve some killer food, but don’t count on finding all the ingredients you need for your famous dip. In a new neighborhood – and especially in a different country – you may be out of luck in locating that special spice mix or indispensable sauce. Instead of relying on your time-honored dishes, create new traditions. Hit up a farmer’s market, fix up a cheese plate, or try your hand at cooking up a local specialty.


Even Easier: Have party-goers bring their favorite home-made specialty. That way, you don’t labor in the kitchen all day and end up too tired to enjoy the party.


  • Develop a Versatile Punch: Equally important at your get-together are beverages. You could always make your fete a BYOB, but go the extra step by fixing up a tasty punch. There’s less mess and your fridge space won’t be occupied by miscellaneous bottles and cans.


A Few Brew Recipes to Try: The holidays call for a festive drink, so take advantage of the flavors of the season. The folks at Epicurious have prepared a long list of punch options, or you can take off the chill with one of these winter warmer cocktails. And If you’re the type to prefer videos:


  • Get Creative with Seating: Chances are you don’t have enough chairs for a crowd, but there are plenty of other options for seating. Move a bench from the bedroom, plop down on the cooler, borrow some folding chairs or – for simplicity’s sake – just toss some pillows on the floor.


Upcycle a Spot to Squat: With a little time and a few basic materials, you can create your own seating that will last more than just the night of the party. Check out a few ideas on how to turn an old tire into an ottoman on the cheap.


Are you hosting a bash in your extended stay space this holiday season? We’d love to hear your tips on how to make it a stunning success.