Hosting Family and Friends in your Ottawa Apartment

Today’s post focuses on some tips and tricks for hosting this holiday season. Whether it’s your first time playing host in your new Ottawa apartment, or hosting friends and family is an annual traditional, Panoramic Properties has some ideas to ensure that your get-togethers are fun and stress-free. As a resident of the Baseline Court Ottawa community (1785-1815 Baseline Road) your condo-style apartment has the modern touches that make hosting easy.


First and foremost, make sure your space is clean. Take a minute to consider if your space is tidy enough to host with little to no warning – tis the season, so you’d better be prepared. We’ve tackled this topic before in our 3 Tips for Junk-Busting your Apartment blog post.


Stick to the basics to make your celebration special. Consider creating a holiday centrepiece as an accent for your space. We love the idea of a bowl of plenty – gather and display glass ornaments in a favourite bowl. Use a holiday colour pallet like white, red and green or silvers and golds. Lighting is also an important element that is often overlooked. We think that dimmed lighting accented by candles or holiday lights sets a welcoming and warm mood for your guests.


Swing by the nearby LCBO (1363 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa – Unit A, College Square) and pick up some hosting basics.  Not sure where to start? The Ottawa Sun has a great article on the Top rated wines of 2012 that’s worth a read. Our favourite hosting tip is to have an affordable bottle of bubbly on hand. This a great way to spruce up any gathering and sparkling wine goes over well with any guest.


There are a number of great and affordable bubbly options including Two Oceans Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc or Barefoot Bubbly, both available for under $15.  Part way through your hosting duties, raise your glass and make a toast to the holidays. Be brief and thank your guests and friends for joining you at your home. Of course, be sure to provide some alcohol-free beverages such as sparkling water, pop, tea and coffee.


Make sure to have a plan to help your guests get home after indulging. Set up designated drivers, or map out Ottawa public transit routes or call a cab service in advance. Capital Taxi (613-744-3333) serves the Baseline Court area and you can contact them for special requests.  When hosting, even just for a casual get-together, be prepared for overnight guests. Have clean linens on hand and a plan to convert your living space into a place for guests to crash.


If you’re hosting for the first time this holiday season don’t make yourself crazy focusing on making things absolutely perfect. You’re not Martha Stewart and your guests won’t expect you to be. Remember, a friend won’t judge and those who do aren’t friends. Most importantly, be a considerate neighbour, notify those around you about any get-together and keep noise to a minimum. From the management team at Panoramic Properties – Happy Holidays and Happy Hosting!