The Holidays are just around the corner! The bells are jingling and the joyful, nutcracking season is upon us. It's time for roasting chestnuts, open fires, and bottomless glasses of eggnog. And if you haven't yet solidified your roster of holiday parties, consider setting the bar and throwing your own! For ways to host the quintessential holiday party this season, the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services brings you this list for upping the Christmas ante.

Decorate

In contrast to most Martha Stewart-esque blogs suggesting you keep it simple for holiday decorations, we say: go big. The Dollarstore was made for Christmas parties. Streamers, wreaths, dangling balls, candy canes: you can't go wrong. Go all out this year and tinsel it up.

Get Creative

For small spaces, repurpose or think laterally for potential double uses. A kitchen sink filled with ice: voila, cooler/fridge. Empty stove: shazam, storage. Empty wine or food boxes? Wrap them up like presents for some easy decorations. No tree? A lamp can serve a decent substitute when decorated creatively.

Rearrange

Furniture takes up a lot of space. And when throwing a party, that's much needed real estate. Move items like coffee tables, sofa chairs, end tables, lamps, and benches to the outer edges of your apartment. Obviously leave space for sitting, but it'll make your space feel bigger and allow people to mill and circulate.

Cook Ahead

Prepping food elements in advance saves gads of time and even more stress on party night. Chop veg, make soup, toothpick olive-appies, make (or buy) ice, cube cheese, and of course, shop ahead for your needed ingredients.

Stock up

Nothing's worse than running out of stuff. Be it snacks, mains, or booze, nothing ruins a party faster than an empty larder. Whatever you budget for edibles: double it. Worst case you'll have food for lunch the next day.

Music, Music, Music

It's not a party without music. And while your favourite spotify playlist many times does the job, an extra stellar party calls for an extraordinary music selection. Make your own list of faves. Or even better: prep music (and/or lyrics) for a sing-a-long either with a guitar or sweet karaoke versions for backup.

The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes this list has inspired you to host your own seasonal soiree to ring in the holiday season. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.