Do you love to entertain at home?
With Holiday’s right around the corner most of us will be entertaining
Getting friends and family together for food and drinks is always nice
When you’re the hostess with the mostest or want to be, you keep your social circle close, and everyone always wants to hang out at your place!
A friendly, relaxed atmosphere with tasty food and drink is always going to be a winner, but there are some extra ways you can make your house perfect for entertaining in so every gathering is a success.
Here’s how you can go about it!
Comfortable Seating Areas
Having enough places for everyone to sit is essential, it allows guests to get comfy and socialize properly without having to stand around or squeeze up.
It makes sense that you wouldn’t invest in enormous sofas and other seats when you only have parties every now and again, but one thing you could do is open up the area
If you have a patio or porch area that you can arrange with seating as well this can make for a great rooming around and talking for your guest.
You have the dining table and any bar seating/ island stools all in the same room which is great for a party scenario.
It’s also great for family living too since open concept living feels bigger and brighter and can help you to make the most of the space in your home.
Speaking of the dining table, if your gatherings are mainly dinner parties then a good dining table is essential.
Not only is this something you will use each day with the family, but when guests come over it’s where your dinner parties will take place.
You could go with something large already, or you could choose a piece that pulls out to make more seating if needed.
That way you could store some spare chairs in the garage and bring them out when lots of guests come over.
This is particularly useful at times like Christmas and Easter when you’re feeding a lot of people.
A nice light fitting over your table with lovely crockery, cutlery and table decorations will make your dinner parties look the part.
A Great Kitchen
A nice open plan kitchen is one of the best ways to make your house better to entertain in.
It allows you to cook while still being part of the action and not miss out on the party.
Decades ago the trend was smaller kitchens with larger living areas, the idea was that the kitchen was almost a ‘backstage’ area where the magic happened, and then food was brought out.
Today’s dining styles are much less formal, meaning people can cook while socializing with guests.
For breakfast, lunch or brunch, guests could sit at your kitchen island for a relaxed dining feel.
And of course, a nice kitchen is always going to be useful for busy family life.
If you’re not utilizing the garden as an entertaining space, you’re missing out!
It doesn’t have to just be in the warmer months either, a dry day in the autumn or winter could be a chance to get outside and fire up the pizza oven or toast marshmallows on the firepit or outdoor fireplace.
You could go really fancy and look at barbecue and patio ideas for outdoor kitchens, these are ideal if you do a lot of entertaining outside.
Perfect for hosting things like weddings for friends and family, or just to get your loved ones together over the warmer months.
Another option would be to add a summer house, when the weather is nice it gives you an extra seating area and some shade, and during the year you can store your garden furniture, outdoor cushions and other things that you need to keep out of the rain.
If entertaining outside sounds like something you’d rather leave until next spring, how about hosting movie nights?
If this sounds like the perfect cozy get together for your girlfriends, a good entertainment system will be needed.
A large screen tv, comfy sofas and cozy extras like blankets and cushions will mean everyone is really comfortable.
Serve up homemade popcorn or chips and dip and pop on some feel-good movies
If your other half likes to have to guys over for gaming nights then again an entertainment system will come in handy.
Invest in some good surround sound speakers for crisp, clear sound.
Entertaining your guest is lots of fun and will go smoothly so remember:
Have lots of seating available
Serve delicious snacks and drinks
Create a pretty table or food area
Add entertainment with movies, games and music
There you have it…..quick easy tips that will make your party great fun for everyone.
Thanks for stopping in today.