There are some obvious ways to ensure an unforgettable holiday party—hire a party planner and decorator, get caterers that serve a custom menu, create original cocktails ahead of time, get a DJ, or rent a space that’s infinitely better than where you live. However, for those who may not have the time to mobilize a team of helpers, there are ways to have guests feeling luxurious at the festivities, even if they’re just coming over to your apartment. 

By making a few calculated choices ahead of time and finding ways for guests to remember your party long after it’s gone (without any antics), you’ll impress anyone who walks through the door. Here are 8 Ways to Take Your Holiday Party to the Next Level (which you can also use beyond the holidays).