The holidays, regardless of what you celebrate, can be an incredible opportunity to come together and enjoy the company of your friend group, family, or even coworkers. Great food, an endless supply of sweet treats, mulled wine, hot toddies — all tasty pieces that make up the larger holiday puzzle. Since Halloween is just barely in our rearview (and every shop is already playing Christmas music,) the holidays must be upon us.
But for all of the warmth of the season, the holidays are not without their downsides. Those who are unable to make it home to celebrate with family may find the season more lonely than usual, and holiday party hosts assume the added stress affiliated with being the host(ess) with the most(est).
As a member of the Common community, being away from home for the holidays doesn’t have to feel isolating. Instead, it can make for an opportunity to bond with members in the same position—creating new holiday traditions that may last far beyond the end of your lease. Living at a Common home in San Francisco also means that everything you need to plan a holly jolly holiday party with roommates is within arms’ reach, eliminating at least some of the stress of hosting.
Here are a few tips for planning your next roommate holiday party in San Francisco.
Get the guest list out early
This tip transcends the holidays, and will help you in all of your future party-planning endeavors. Getting the guest list out as early as possible (now, ideally!) helps aspiring hosts gauge attendance and gives planners an idea of how much food, wine, cookies, and cheer to put on the shopping list.
When in doubt, delegate
It’s never a bad idea to ask for help — be it from roommates or attendees. A potluck-style party allows hosts to focus on hosting, and should your party go this route a shared Google Doc with attendees will help track who’s bringing what, avoiding a dreaded two-stuffings-but-no-turkey disaster.
Should you and your roommates be taking on full party responsibility, fear not. Both the Civic Center and SoMa neighborhoods have an abundance of great grocery stores and wine shops which will make stocking up a breeze. Common members are just a few blocks from both Rainbow Grocery and Gus’s Community Market, which are great go-to’s for delicious and organic ingredients at a fair price. For libations, however, it might be worth trekking into the nearby Noe Valley neighborhood for Noe Valley Wine & Spirits. With wines from every corner of the earth, spirits for every taste, and all the mixers and garnishes you could possibly need, Noe Valley Wine & Spirits is guaranteed to infuse some cheer (and “cheers!”) into your holiday party.
Make the most of Common
With shared spaces in the form of furnished rooftops, Common was designed with community in mind. Taking advantage of these spaces can open up the party a bit, allowing for overflow and providing a change of scenery as the night progresses. Further, it gives hosts (and helpful hands) an opportunity to step away and clean up before going back to enjoy the rest of the festivities.