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How to Host the Perfect Holiday Party


The holiday season is here! With that comes get-togethers with friends and family and lots of food. Your LIV Apartment is a great place to host a holiday party, and we have put together some suggestions for how you can host the perfect holiday gathering.

Party Style

First things first; decide the type of party you are looking to host. Will it be a more formal style with a sit-down dinner, or are you looking to focus on hosting a cocktail party with more mingling? Asking yourself these questions will help you decide where you should host your party, and where or how you should set everything up.

Guest List

Whether you’re hosting a party for friends, family or coworkers, create a guest list. You should also keep in mind the style of party you’re hosting and the space you have to accommodate guests. If you’re entertaining a large group of people, consider renting out the Mingle Room and hosting a cocktail party. Our Customer Care Coordinators would be happy to assist and provide you with details on booking out the space!


You have your party style and guest list down and now it’s time to plan the food. To help you stay relaxed and stress-free, focus on items that can be prepared ahead of time or that don’t require a lot of your time during the party itself. For sit-down dinners, casseroles, salads, and items that can be prepared the day before and warmed to serve will be a life saver. For cocktail parties, the same method works! Choose appetizers that can be prepared beforehand or easily cooked in the oven. You could even consider hosting a potluck to take some of the stress off of your shoulders.


If you’re hosting a casual gathering with a BYOB style, create an area where guests can keep their beverages with glasses for an easy and simple set up. If you’re providing the beverages, consider setting up a cocktail bar where guests can create their own concoctions and mix drinks to their liking.


A holiday party isn’t complete without décor! Create a holiday theme, maybe incorporate ugly Christmas sweaters, or keep it simple and classy with elegant touches. Holiday décor can be super easy to create – a vase filled with ornaments, garland, candles with cranberries, etc.


Consider all of the locations LIV Apartments has to offer for your holiday gathering.


For more holiday entertaining items, check out our holiday board on our Pinterest Page! Share your holiday décor and entertaining set up this season by tagging @livottawa in your photos!

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