Entertaining is something we all do, whether you host every weekend or it's the occasional get-together. It's not always an easy undertaking, but when you know the golden rules of what your guests expect of you, it makes the endeavor that much more workable. For those of you who don't entertain that often and need a few starter tips, this article was made for you!
We have a list of 12 things that your guests want to see in your home so that they feel welcomed and comfortable. Each tip is important on its own, but when you combine them all together, you're sure to have a fun-filled evening that your friends will be talking about for days to come!
Nothing is worse than hosting a big party and not having enough places for everyone to sit. People will feel left out, or they'll hurt their bums by sitting on your floor. Guests want to see that their arrival was anticipated and they want to feel provided for. Simply making sure you have enough places to sit is enough to fill that requirement.
When entertaining, you don't want the quiet chirping of crickets outside to be the only background noise. Having a sound system will certainly help with that. But if you can't splurge on an entire system, having an open laptop playing your favourite tunes will be just as good. As long as there's music to set the mood, your guests will be happy.
When you have guests, you want to make sure your space is properly illuminated. This is especially true in the kitchen and dining rooms where light is a necessity. And no one wants to be sitting in the dark while eating dinner. So make sure you have plenty of available light so everyone can see each other.
Similarly, when setting the mood in a different room of the home, you'll want something softer. When socialising in the living room, a soft blue or green light would be a lovely contribution. In the bedroom, you could try something like this with overhead icicle lights or floor lights.
Guests love to see how your home is a reflection of your personality. It also helps them to get to know you a bit better. Hanging up some artwork is a great way to add some personality to your space and it's also a great conversation starter for new friends.
Indoor plants add life, oxygen, and energy to your home, and guests love to see that. They especially love when you can do something interesting with these pieces. Take some inspiration from this hanging planter!
You can't invite guests over when you have your junk lying around all over the floor. It's simply rude. Guests like to be able to feel like they can walk around without worrying about breaking any of your things. So be sure to tidy up your space and keep your hallways clear.
People love looking around someone else's home for unique style ideas, so having interesting design elements of your own will give your guests a great impression. And they might even want to copy your ideas for their own home. And since imitation is the highest form of flattery… .
If you have animals, be sure they have their designated areas in the home to stay in while you're entertaining. Similar to the clutter idea, your guests don't want to have to worry about tripping over your animals accidentally, so sequestering them during their visit will help keep spirits up.
Your dining room table says a lot about your hosting abilities. Your guests want to see that you've prepared a nice evening for them, and this shows best when you've set up enough places at the table and you make sure that everyone has enough room.
The way to any person's heart is through their stomach, so good and healthy food is a must when entertaining. Your guests will appreciate the thought you've put into an extensive meal, and full bellies make for happy people.
The last, and most important thing on this list that guests want to see, is you in good spirits. Welcome your guests with open arms and a smile. This promises a fun and relaxing evening for all.
If you liked this piece and are really curious about all the ways you can entertain, then you'll love this bit on how to create the perfect outdoor entertainment area!