Holiday Hosting: Tips For Your Santa Clara Apartment Party

November 16, 2018

It may seem difficult to host an event and entertain guests in a smaller space such as an apartment. As apartment dwellers, we think that the lack of space will inhibit our guest’s ability to have a great time. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how much space you have but how you make use of it.

If you are intrigued, just scroll down and take in these tips and tricks on successfully hosting and entertaining in your Santa Clara luxury apartment.

Here are great ways to get ready for the holiday party season and any hosting duties you may have planned!

Getting Ready: Part 1


Let’s begin by maximizing space. This comes in the form of cleaning. As you may already know, cleaning your apartment from dirt and clutter makes all the difference. Getting rid of clutter (any furniture/decor that isn’t necessary) will open up space for guests. Now if you don’t have a ton of space to put the unnecessary items, the trick is to stuff anything unnecessary in places your guests will never be or look like under your bed. This may seem silly but it works.

While you are de-cluttering your Santa Clara apartment try and see if you can shift your furniture around to allow you a little more standing room. This may not look super chic but having more space for your guests will be worth it.

Make sure you have a designated place for your guests coats and purses. Instead of everyone placing their belongings on the chair or couch they are sitting on, have guests place their items in a hallway closet or on a bed freeing up the main party area.

Back to making the most of your Santa Clara luxury apartment, place a few throw pillows on the floor to add seating. It may look a little out of the ordinary at first but if you do it right, guests will be fighting over who gets what pillow. If you must decorate, utilize the ceiling and wall space. Hang whatever you can and avoiding taking up the much-needed table and counter space you spent hours de-cluttering.

Make use of all your counter space. Your Santa Clara luxury apartment has a beautiful kitchen so why not put all that space to use? Remove any small appliances that are non-essential to your event/hosting. Tying back to the de-cluttering of your apartment.

Getting Ready: Part 2


You now have an area that is clear and clean which means you can begin the second part, setting up food and drink stations.

To put your kitchen space to use, utilize your sink as a cooler. Fill your sink up with ice and place water, soda, and any alcoholic beverages inside; it’s easy access for your guests and one less bulky item in your Santa Clara apartment.

Going with the idea of making the most of your counter space, make sure to spread out appetizers, main course, and dessert throughout the apartment. This will prevent crowding which can make any space seem smaller than it is and make it much easier for your guests to get their hands on some food.

Continuing with the topic of food, using tiered trays will allow you to fit more with less space. Reducing the cluttered look that you worked so hard to achieve, tiered trays will also you’re your guests joy because you can give them more food options. On the topic of food, your food menu is also important in the use of space. Keeping your menu simple means keeping more space open for you and your guests.

If you think about it, serving something like steak means your guests will have to find a table or counter to sit and eat at and they will need utensils, all taking up more room leaving less for other guests. If you serve something like sliders guests can eat that wherever they want, it’s a food they can take on-the-go.

Serving food such as mini quesadillas, sliders, mini hot dogs, chicken wings, mini pizzas, tortellini bites, and mini sandwiches are perfect for an apartment gathering. Most importantly, having plenty of drinks like soda, beer, and wine available is an absolute must!

It’s Not a Party Without Entertainment: Part 1


Having delicioius food and drinks is part of successfully entertaining guests but so is the actual entertainment. While it may seem cliché to have games at your party, having fun games planned can add some life to the party and have your guests mingling with each other in no time.

These games don’t have to be crazy just fun and simple. Here's a few ideas on how to entertain your guests:

Charades – A classic game that livens up any party. There are variations of this game that you can download on your phone’s App Store. For example, a popular variation is Ellen DeGeneres’ App Heads Up. The part of this App is that you can go back after your round and watch video of your friends and family attempting to give you hints.

Sticker Stalker – Every guest receives a sheet of stickers and must get rid of them by sticking them on the other guests at the party without those guests noticing. First one to get rid of all their stickers, wins. Seems easy enough but it can be difficult as the day goes on.

The Laughing game - Everyone sits in a circle, each person takes a turn saying Ha, Hee, or Ho anyone who starts to laugh is out. This continues until everyone is out. The person that keeps a straight face the longest, wins.

In addition to the above games you can also refer to this list for entertainment ideas:

  • Put on a movie
  • Put on everyone’s favorite TV Series
  • Play board games
  • Play video games (Just Dance anyone?)
  • Bust out the Karaoke
  • Take a dip in your Santa Clara apartment’s resort-style pool and spa


It’s Not a Party Without Entertainment: Part 2


If you have libations at your event, the following games are sure to bring life to any event you are hosting. A few of these games you may have heard of and other you may not, either way your guests are sure to be entertained!

Celebrity Game – The first person says a celebrity's name. The next person has to say a celebrity's name that starts with the letter that the last celebrity's name ended with. For example, the first person says, "Nick Jonas" the next person would have to name a celebrity that starts with the letter S. You keep going until someone takes too long to answer (about 10 second) then that person has to take a drink.

I’m Going to The Bar – Similar to the game you played as a child, “I’m going on a picnic”, you state that you’re going to the bar and what you need to get there. For example, “I’m going to the bar and I need to get a Mai Tai” and then next person would say “I’m going to the bar and I need to get a Mai Tai and a Margarita”. The game continues until one of your guests messes up resulting in them taking a shot.

Most Likely – Everyone sits in a circle. And everyone asks a most likely question. For example, "Who would be most likely to meet a celebrity" on the count of 3 everyone points to whoever they think would most likely to do whatever was mentioned. You then have to take a drink for every person pointing at you.

Never Have I Ever – Share something that you have never done before by saying "Never have I ever...." and anyone that has done that thing must take a drink. This is a fun way to learn some secrets about your friends.

Straight face – Everyone writes a sentence on a piece of paper. The sentence should be something that would keep someone from reading it with a straight face. One at a time, each player picks a piece of paper and reads it out loud, if they can't keep a straight face while reading it, they have to take a drink.

Taboo – At the beginning of the party each person gets an index card with a somewhat common word or phrase. The word should be something that will be said but not something that is said very frequently. Every time someone says your word or phrase you call out the word "Taboo" and the person who said it has to drink.

One Last Tip…


In a smaller space such as an apartment, in a room full of people in it, the heat will rise quickly. To prevent “cabin fever” either open the windows ahead of time and keep them open to air your Santa Clara luxury apartment out, or have the air conditioner on full blast once everyone arrives and adjust accordingly.

There you have it. A few tips and tricks on how to host and entertain in your Santa Clara luxury apartment.