Have Friends Over to Your Apartment for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving table

Many do not know the obscure history of Thanksgiving, and the wordplay that has developed through the years to identify the same holiday. Before we look at what you can do to plan for a fun gathering for Thanksgiving at your home, let’s have a short history lesson to understand the celebration held on the 4th Thursday of November.

A Short History of the Origins of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Evidence goes back to families gathering to express gratitude for daily blessings since the 1530’s. Although it is unknown if the settlers in 1621 used the actual term Thanksgiving for their celebration, we do know that the initial celebration (here in America) was practiced in New England, before the Revolution. After independence was achieved, the practice spread through the country. Prior to 1863 and the lobbying by Sarah Josepha Hale, there was never a specific date set for individuals to observe the traditions that would blossom into Thanksgiving. However, Abraham Lincoln changed this by designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving.

fall pumpkinsFranksgiving – In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt thought that he could improve the retail sales of the country by changing the observation date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November to the 3rd Thursday. Critics of this decision expressed their disdain and put significant pressure on the government to return to the observance of Thanksgiving to the 4th Thursday of November. President Roosevelt conceded to the critics in 1942, and he returned Thanksgiving to the date we observe today.

Friendsgiving – Most can agree that as times have changed, so has the definition of family. Previously, this was a time of “family” gathering to observe and give thanks for their blessings. However, in today’s world, many have a closer connection to friends. For those individuals, the term “Friendsgiving” was coined to represent those who spend this day with friends instead of family. The wordplay caught on, and large companies started jumping on the bandwagon of “Friendsgiving,” so you may see this term used in certain advertisements.

Whatever you decide to call your gathering, there are some things that you can do to help make this time a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.

Tips for Preparing your Thanksgiving Dinner

1. Have A Plan That Will Work for Your Apartment and Space

The worst thing you could do if you trying to plan a get together is to wait until the day of to try to map things out. Take a moment to think of what you would like to serve, who you are planning to invite, where everyone will sit, what activities you would like to have established, etc. Keep in mind when planning your menu for the afternoon that this is probably not the best time to try that crazy new recipe using things that you have never tried before. That will just add unnecessary stress to your day.

christmas berriesOnce you have planned everything, you can start organizing steps to put in place your grand vision. You can even start some things the night before to save on time: organize your counter space, evaluate cooking options, utilize things like slow cookers to give yourself the opportunity to do other things while food is cooking, and even set the table.

2. Move Things Around in Your Apartment to Prepare for Company

You may find that while you want to have several friends and family to your home for Thanksgiving, the limited space can create an issue. This can be alleviated if you make some temporary adjustments to the seating area in your home. If you have a coffee table and other living room furniture that could be moved to say a bedroom for the day, you can turn the larger living room area into a nice dining area for you and your guests.

Don’t forget to also move things around in your refrigerator as well. Trying to clean it out while you are also trying to put left over food away and entertain your guests could present as an issue. Pre-planning for the additional food in your refrigerator will help decrease that stress, and increase the time you have with your guests. You can also save fridge space by utilizing coolers to hold drinks and ice. A very creative addition to your table would be a pumpkin cooler. Simply cut the top half of a pumpkin off, clean it out, fill with ice, and presto. You have a decorative cooler.

3. Elegant But Easy

I know that everyone wants to have the perfect place setting when they are having a nice dinner at their home. You can accomplish a beautiful table while managing to make clean up easier for yourself later. Try using some tasteful thick disposable plates, cups, and even silverware. This will cut your clean up time in half.

thanksgiving table setting4. Have A Little Help

Friends and family, even at the first Thanksgiving, shared the responsibility of the cooking and cleaning that always accompanies a gathering of people in one place. This should not stop at your front door. If you have each guest bring one or two items/dishes, you will have help with the cooking, decrease stress, and even get to try some different foods from your friends.

5. Me Time

One of the most stressful times is when you have been cooking all day, have mostly everything prepared, and you realize that you have not even gotten dressed yet! To avoid that issue before it happens, make sure to plan yourself some “me time” to get the things done for yourself that you will need so you too can enjoy your gathering. If you get some of the cooking and prepping done the night before, you can take your time to do other things the day of the event. This includes time for yourself to be presentable for such a wonderful gathering in your home. And above all, have fun with it!!!

To all our friends at Kagy Village and Brookside Park Apartments, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Many of us may travel for Thanksgiving, but for those of us staying in Bozeman…if you have a Bozeman apartment and think maybe you don’t have enough space to host your friends and family, remember some of the tips here. With a little planning and preparation you can make Thanksgiving at your apartment enjoyable and problem free.

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Spooktacular Halloween Hoopla – Bridger Property Management

Happy Halloween

Yes, it’s that time of year again. We are about to enter into the biggest holiday season of the year. The beginning of the excitement always starts with Halloween. Don’t make the grave mistake of letting this time pass without having some fun. This can be a great time for you to get into the spirit of things and go crazy with ideas.

1. Carve Out Some Ghoulfriend Time

smiling pumpkinsA Halloween past time has always been pumpkin carving. This is an artistic activity that can be fun for all ages. This time of year does not have to be all about the spooky and creepy. Think outside of the box when looking at designing your pumpkin. You can use paint, lace, carving tools, etc. The sky is the limit with your creation.

Take this opportunity to encourage your child’s creativity, decision making, and problem solving skills by including them in the choice of the size, shape, color, etc. for the pumpkin that they would like to transform into their own personal creation. Set the imagination of the child free, and you may be surprised at the masterpiece you have for your front porch, window sill, or even your table.

Not everyone has children, but this does not mean that you cannot get into the Halloween spirit. For those of us who either do not have children, or our children are all grown up, you can still enjoy this holiday adventure in creativity. Take this opportunity to carve out some spooktacular Halloween fun with friends. Invite some friends over for a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party, costumes optional. You can have snacks, good conversation, maybe some boorific drinks, and great fun developing personalized pumpkins.

2. Exorcise the Old

halloween decorationsDecorating your apartment rental is always a great way to get into the spirit of the holidays. Halloween is no different. One great idea is to use string lights to spell something fun on your wall, door, or other area of your home. You could also place festive items around your home and your front porch area. Making a custom wreath of Halloween décor is another creative way to connect with your inner skelefun. You could even take those amazing pumpkins you made with your ghoulfriends to put on display for everyone who visits you to enjoy.

3. Eat, Drink, & Have a Ghoulish Time

Have a big screen premier on a small scale level. Send out some invitations, and decorate your apartment in the spirit of the holiday. You can choose to make it a costume party or a special themed party, create some kooky treats, and set up a screening area. Plan ahead a few movies that you would like to show at your gathering. You can even mix it up between scary movies and comedic Halloween movies. Whatever you decide, just make sure to have a ghoulish time with your friends.

4. Trunk or Treat

Why sit at home by yourself on Halloween? Instead, you can have a fangtastic time getting the community involved. Set up fun resident activities like a Trunk or Treat area, “block” costume party, or even have a Halloween bake off with neighbors. Then you all can enjoy goblin up all of the treats together.

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Bozeman Apartment Rental Tips – Getting Along With Neighbors

neighbor cats

Whenever you reside in a community with other individuals, there is always a chance of disagreement over one thing or another. Maybe they listen to loud music, their dog barks constantly, or they park in your designated spot. Whatever the reason is, a huge confrontation does not have to occur. Instead of living with this resentment or frustration toward your neighbor(s), let’s learn how you can keep the peace for a happier home.

Tips for  handling disagreements:

1. Take Time

It can be very hard to reign yourself in when you have become frustrated or angry with the actions of another individual. The first thought is to handle the issue right then, but researchers say this is the worst thing you could do if you would like a positive outcome. How many times have you been angry in your life, reacted, and then later thought that maybe things would have ended differently had you had the chance to think before you acted? This is common, and happens to everyone. If something is bothering you regarding a neighbor’s behavior, don’t immediately go knocking on their door. This will most likely end with a verbal confrontation without resolution. Instead, take a couple of hours to step back from the situation, collect your thoughts, and assess the situation. This way you can approach the individual in a calm manner, allowing for a more open dialogue.

2. Resolution?

While you are taking that time to calm down before approaching the individual, you should also be considering what resolution you would like to have happen. For example, if the neighbor in question is having all night gatherings with loud music or other noise coming from their home, what would you like to see happen? Do you want the noise to end by 10PM on weekdays and 12PM on weekends? Make sure you are being reasonable in your request, and be able to calmly express why you would like to see this resolution in place.


This video is intended in jest, as a little comedy in dealing with neighbors. It is not meant to be taken seriously or as advice.

3. One-On-One

A huge issue that seems to happen frequently is gossip. I know we don’t like to think of ourselves as the stereotypical gossiper, but you would be surprised how often we “accidentally” bring up situations that involve others whom are not present while we are talking. When it comes to something that is emotionally charged, we have to be careful about gossiping as this could further increase the complications with the other individual. Keep issues with neighbors between you and that neighbor (and possibly the leasing office if needed). Attempting to handle a situation one-on-one without involving other neighbors will bring better results, improve resident relations, and increase the likelihood that you will be able to come to a positive resolution with the individual.

4. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

One of the biggest issues in any relationship arises because of a lack of communication. Verbal communication is always best, so this is the preferred communication style whenever possible. When you are ready to confront the neighbor, remember to stay calm. Your approach will definitely dictate the direction of the conversation.

If you do not feel you can calmly address the situation with the individual, you could try writing a neighborly note discussing what your concerns are. Make sure in your writing you are not accusatory, abrasive, aggressive, or vulgar.

Please keep in mind that there are some individuals who have a heightened response to any criticism. Although it is very hard, remaining calm and being the “adult” in the situation is crucial. If this is the type of situation you find yourself in, involving the leasing office or police may be required. Never put yourself in a dangerous situation in an effort to confront a neighbor about an issue.

5. Keep it to a Minimum

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Fall Apartment Preparations for Bozeman Living

fall mountains

Spring has sprung, and summer is passing quickly. Going into local stores around town I am sure you have noticed the fall preparations beginning. Yes, I know it seems that we just got through winter, but fall is fast approaching us. Getting your apartment ready for fall can be fun, and it does not have to be expensive. Take a look at some of these ideas to spruce up your festive side and prepare for fall fun.

autumn foliage1. You Shall Not Pass…

The first thing that people see when they enter your home is the entry way. This is the gateway into your home, and you have to ask yourself, “What do I want the first impression of my home to be to others?” Every entryway (even those that are almost non-existent) can be spruced up to be welcoming, fun, classy, and say something about who you are.

a) If you have a small entry area, you could place a small end table with a work of art hanging over it to add style to your space.

b) If you are like most people in Bozeman, as it gets cooler, the bigger clothing items (i.e. jackets, coats, snow gear, etc.) begin to trickle out. Don’t fret. You can take various wall hooks and design a creative, unique area for guests to hang their items as they enter your home.

c) If you like to recycle items to give them new life, try re-purposing a garden trellis to establish a new artistic coat rack for your space. Simply give the garden trellis a face lift with fresh paint, attach some eye hooks, and voilà. You have an awesome multi-functional wall organizer.

2. Fall Fakeover

Every season you are pushed to change everything in your life to “keep up” with the ever changing trends and decorating ideas. Who has the time or money for that? However, there are many things you can do to give that fake makeover (fakeover) look to your space without breaking the bank to get those warm touches of fall.

  • a) Get fitted covers for your couch and loveseat. You don’t have to buy a whole new living room set. You can simply pick up a couple of covers in the warm colors of fall, and fit them to your furnishings in your living room.
  • b) Change out your throw pillows. Simply picking up a couple of seasonal throw pillows can completely change the look of a room.
  • c) Change out throw blankets in the room with some warmer, more fall like, colors.
  • d) Make some creative decorations like a fall wreath to hang as a focal point in the room and/or spiced candles with pine cone accents.
  • e) Add a large mirror, or a collection of mirrors to a wall, to open up the room, reflect more light, or just add a touch of art.
  • f) Add some fall foliage to your space to bring about the warm mood.

3. Knock the Dust Off

Chances are good that when the warm weather came, you put that thick blanket away. As everyone who has lived in Bozeman for any amount of time knows, the weather here can change any second. I believe the saying is, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait 5 minutes and it will change.” Now is the time to start preparing for that unexpected cool night, and get those blankets washed and ready.

4. Ring Around the Rosie

closet with many bootsJust like with your bedding, your clothing should be rotated as well. Yes, the warm weather is still here (for the time being), but it is good to start going through your fall items to see what you need to purchase and what you would like to get rid of. Also by going through your fall clothes, shifting things in your closets and drawers, and beginning to have everything ready for the seasonal changes, you are ahead of the game. If you wait until you need that coat, but can’t find it or it has a hole in it, then you will cause yourself undue stress and frustration.

5. Is There A Draft In Here?

Living in an apartment in Bozeman, you have access to a competent and skilled maintenance team. Check under your sinks for any leaks, feel around windows and doors for drafts, and ensure that all appliances are working properly. Contact your leasing office if you find any issues so they can address the problems before the colder weather rolls into town. Having these concerns handled now instead of when you have icicles coming from your ceiling will make for a much happier and comfortable transition as Mother Nature shares her weather adventures with us.

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