Tips & Tricks

The Entertainer’s Guide To Preparing Your Home For Guests

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Do you enjoy entertaining at home? Whether you like to throw dinner parties for friends, have people over to watch the big games or like to host killer parties, you need to ensure that your home is designed to accommodate you and your guests. Being the host with the most is much easier when your home is designed with having guests over in mind so be sure to take the time to design your home to accommodate everyone who lives there plus a few more. 

 Whether you have guests over now and then or it is a weekly occurrence, you need to ensure that your home has everything you need to shine in your role as the host. When you’re entertaining guests, you want them to feel comfortable and at ease. You also want to make sure that you and your fellow hosts can easily find everything you need and be able to serve our guests without ease, throughout the evening’s festivities. With the right approach to preparing your home, you can be sure that you will be ready for action when your guests arrive. 

Let’s take a look at a few simple tips to help you prepare your home the next time that guests come over. 

Have Enough Seating

The last thing that you want when you are having guests over is for your visitors to be uncomfortable. Having enough seating is crucial for any event at home to be a success. While you will likely have more than enough seating for you and your family, or housemates, you might not have much extra seating for when guests come over. Investing in some bar stools, fold-away seats or even beanbags is a simple way to ensure that you will always have somewhere for your guests to relax in comfort. 

Clean Thoroughly

If you’re preparing your home for guests, it’s essential that you take the time to clean thoroughly before they arrive. Focus on high-traffic areas of your home such as the hallway, living room, and, of course, the bathrooms. How your home is presented can say a lot about you and you want to ensure that your property makes the right impression on your guests from the moment they arrive. 

Prepare Drinks And Snacks

Digging through your kitchen cabinets desperately looking for something to serve your guests when they arrive will certainly not win you any hosting prizes. As every good home entertainer knows, it’s crucial that you plan your food and beverage choices in advance. Make sure that you have some snacks to hand to offer your visitors when they arrive and keep plenty of cold drinks in the fridge. If you entertain regularly, having a second “party” fridge is always a good idea so you don’t have to empty your regular fridge to make room for food, wine and beer every time you’re entertaining. 

Create The Right Ambience

To ensure you set the right tone from the outset, there are two main things that you need to consider; the music and the lighting. Both will depend greatly on the type of event you are hosting. For example, for a more sophisticated evening, candles, dim lighting, and soft background music are great choices. On the other hand, if you’re having your mates over to watch the footy final, a brightly lit room with plenty of snacks laid out in advance and the TV volume turned up will be a better choice. Take some time to consider what you are trying to achieve and adjust the ambience in your home accordingly. 

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready For Action When Your Guests Arrive

Taking the time to prepare your home, snacks, drinks and other party favourites before your guests arrive will set the tone from the beginning and allow you to enjoy a more stress-free evening. Following the tips above, you can ensure that your next event will be a memorable evening for everyone, for all of the right reasons. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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