Holiday Entertaining Tips in Temecula Apartments

Some Temecula apartments are small but you can still entertain family and friends for Thanksgiving.
Here are some tips to help keep your holidays comfortable and fun.

Photo of Thanksgiving Turkey

Entertaining in Temecula Apartments
November is the time of year when family and friend visits begin in earnest for the holidays. Space in apartments can seem limiting for a large crowd so here are some tips for a happy, low stress and comfortable Thanksgiving gathering.

Create a Plan
Hosting a complicated dinner, which Thanksgiving almost always is, will require a plan. No one can wing it for such an event without forgetting important details. Make a list of everything you will need, including all the dishes you plan and then create a plan for acquiring every item.

Minimize Oven-Cooked Food Items
Remember, the turkey is likely to dominate your oven for hours, right up till it’s time to serve dinner. Most Temecula apartments do not have multiple ovens so keep the oven items to a minimum. Do a Google search for no-oven Thanksgiving food, or check the list on buzzfeed.com for some great ideas.

Be flexible with your Space
The first thing to focus on is where most of the visitors will be most comfortable to hang out. For us, it’s the living room and secondly, the kitchen. Since most apartments in Temecula have limited kitchen space, we focus on the living room.

The first step with the living room (and dining room if your apartment has these two rooms adjoined) is to clear out all the furniture and floor décor that will not be an essential part of the party. But where to put it all? We put it in the bedroom. Visitors are not likely to use the bedrooms and it makes much more space in the main rooms for visiting. We also put some of the big furniture against the walls so there is room for a large table in the living room. Since the table will be the main focus, use any side tables and counters as locations to put the food.

Ask for what you need
Pot Luck, or partial pot luck is common. Folks living in apartments frequently ask some of the visitors to bring a dish but don’t tell them “just bring whatever…” You have a plan, remember? It’s your list of what will be served so ask for guests to bring specific items off the list.

If you need more seating furniture, why not ask your neighbors? You’ll find many of them won’t even be home for Thanksgiving and will be happy to lend a chair or three…or maybe even an extra folding table and table cloth. Another option if you are short on furniture or place settings is to ask your guests if they have some folding chairs and even place settings that they can bring along.

Advance Preparation is Key
Hosting a Thanksgiving gathering can be stressful and you want to be free to enjoy visiting with your friends and family when they visit. Here are a few tips to make sure you have as much of the “hosting” done or “automated” so you can relax on the day of the party.

  • Do all your shopping well in advance. Not only will it be essential for your plan but you definitely want to avoid the last minute shopping crowds and the empty shelves you may find closer to the date.
  • Cook as much of your food as you can in advance so it only needs to be re-heated just before serving.
  • Make sure you don’t overdo it. Apartment refrigerators may be medium to small and you will need room for the turkey!
  • If you are supplying the wine, stick with red, not white. You may not have refrigerator room for lots of wine so go with wines that don’t need to be chilled.
  • Be sure to arrange furniture and clean up the apartment the day before the event.

If you follow these simple tips, you can turn your cozy apartment into a perfect venue for a large group dinner AND stay comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole experience. Go ahead…invite the whole family to your place for dinner this Thanksgiving, knowing you’ll enjoy it as much as everyone else!

Sycamore Terrace Apartments in Temecula, CA is well known for its frequent events to keep life interesting and enjoyable for residents. A very special event is coming up In December…a visit from Santa!  Stay tuned for more details and the schedule which will be published in the Sycamore Terrace Blog.