Entertaining guests is fun and easy if you follow a few simple rules. It’s important to pay attention to all the little details and to make sure everything is planned ahead. Don’t leave anything to chance and always be prepared.
When you plan an event, set up the décor according to the occasion. So if it’s something formal and special, put covers on the dining chairs and create an elegant ambiance.
If it’s a cozy get together then you don’t have to make a lot of changes to the room. It’s enough to just tidy up the space, make the lighting pleasant and allow your guests to feel comfortable in your living room.
The dining room requires a bit more attention. In here, there are a lot of details you need to take care of. For example, iron your table linens. It may not seem that important but it’s a detail that sets the tone for the décor.
For casual events, you don’t need the tablecloth and chair covers. You can just use the dining room as usual. But make it look lovely and maybe display a centerpiece or some mood lighting.
If you want to entertain your guests outdoors, the possibilities are also numerous. If it’s more of a casual picnic, then you can all gather in the yard under a big umbrella ad sit on folding chairs.
If dinner is not part of the event and you just want to spend time with your guests chatting and reminiscing, then gather around an outdoor firepit and sit on comfortable benches.
A pool party requires a whole different set of arrangements. So make a list and make sure everything is just right. You don’t want your guests to find you unprepared.
And now a few tips and tricks.
Opt for an interesting centerpiece. Flowers are boring so perhaps you’d like to try something different. For example, your can use seasonal fruit or a sculptural piece.
Set up a DIY cocktail bar. Allow your guests to mix their own drinks. This way they’ll also get to interact more with each other and everyone will serve what they like.
Make party favors. It’s always a nice gesture, whether it’s a formal event or a casual get together. Give your guests something to take home with them when they leave, like a small and delicious desert.
Create a nice ambiance. You can do this with candles. But don’t use scented candles because not everyone likes the same things. Also, don’t get colored candles and stick with the neutral ones instead.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. It’s a classy touch, even if you’re not planning a sophisticated party or dinner. This is one of those things that creates a really nice mood without a lot of effort.
Always have extra seating. Even if you only invite a few people, you ever know when other may come. So have more chairs than you actually need unless if it’s a cocktail party in which case it’s better for your guests to be forced to mingle and interact.
A mobile bar is a nice touch especially if you’re planning an outdoor party. You can just relocate the bar if you need more space in the room or if you want to make room for extra chairs in that area.
Be creative and add your own twist to the décor. For example, mix and match china and have plates of different colors and patterns. This way the table will look less boring and each guest will find this detail interesting.
But if you do that, then you should get matching glasses. You can’t have the table décor too eclectic. It’s important to have elements that unify the space. Similarly, you can choose other elements which can be customized in various ways.
Offers your guests a coat rack so they can leave there their coats and bags. If there’s not enough room in your hallway closet, you can get a folding coat rack and some matching hangers.