The Ultimate Christmas at Your MontrealStays Apartment

Christmas decorations
December 1, 2015

The Ultimate Christmas at Your MontrealStays Apartment

You may be far from home this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit and host a Christmas gathering at your MontrealStays apartment. Here’s how to pull off the perfect soiree, and have all your guests wishing they could have a place as chic as yours this holiday season!


Decorate: There are plenty of ways to bring the festivities into your apartment this month, even if you’re in a temporary place. If you love the idea of a tree but can’t quite manage to drag an 8-footer in the door, go to the local market (Atwater and Jean Talon Markets are the best in Montreal) and ask the tree vendors for some branch clippings, which you can place in vases and wrap with twinkling lights. Then, all you’ll need is a few pine- or cinnamon-scented candles, a little tinsel around the art frames, and maybe a red stocking or two (check out dollarama or walmart for affordable options) to really spruce the place up!


Drinks: Mulled wine is a Christmas classic, and really easy to make. Just tip a bottle or two of red wine into a pan, and heat gently with a few spoonfuls of sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise. To give people options, buy a selection of spirits (rum, vodka, gin) and mixers (tonic water, lemonade, coke) and if you’re really out to impress, chill a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator.


Food: Simplicity is the name of the game here (unless you’re hosting an all-in Christmas day dinner). Go for finger food like mini quiches, veggies and dip, and cheeses. You can cheat and find many prepared options at your local grocery store, or really cheat and ask your MontrealStays concierge to arrange food delivery, a caterer, or a personal chef to take care of the details.


Music: Apps are your best friend when it comes to preparing a great holiday playlist. Songza will suggest music based on genre (rock n’ roll Christmas? Vintage pop Christmas?) or mood (chill, energetic, sexy) and will keep pumping out the tunes until long after the last guest has left the building and you’re ready to climb into your luxurious MontrealStays bed.

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