There is something very special about inviting others into your home and entertaining them with food, drink, games, and good company. Of course, it’s not something we all do regularly, but even if hosting a dinner party or simply inviting good friends over for a get-together is a rare event, it’s still special, and you’ll want to get it right.
This is why it’s important to ensure your home is set up as a perfect entertaining space. In this way, you’ll know that everyone will have a good time, and you’ll be sure that you can enjoy the evening or day too. With that in mind, here are some ways to make sure your home is perfect for entertaining.
An Inviting Entrance
The last thing you’ll want when you have invited people to your home is for them to feel uncomfortable and even unwelcome as soon as they arrive. Even if you are there to say hello, if your entranceway to your home is not right, it can give guests an uneasy feeling that will stay with them and mean that the event isn’t quite as positive as you might have liked.
Ideally, your entranceway should have a place for coats and shoes (if you require your guests to remove theirs when they arrive) so no one feels unsure about where to put anything. It should also be light and bright, and outside there should be a light too. A dark, dingy hallway is very off-putting.
Have Different Seating Areas
If your guests have plenty of seating options available, they will know they can sit down and get comfortable. A few seats scattered here and there or more guests than seats make things very awkward indeed.
If you can also split your seating into different areas, you can give guests a chance to sit where they feel most comfortable and sit in groups. This might even give strangers a chance to make friends. Of course, comfortable chairs are crucial, but you might also want to consider a 6 ft bean bag or two as these are not only comfortable, but they are different and will allow you to show off your personality better too.
For some reason, people tend to be drawn to the kitchen area whether you’re hosting a full-on party or you’ve just invited a friend round for a chat and a cup of coffee. It could be because the kitchen is – even subconsciously – thought to be the heart of the home, and it’s where many people want to be since it’s where the food is and where it’s warm and homely.
Knowing that people will want to spend time in your kitchen, it’s worth putting some work into ensuring it’s a lovely room to be in. Try to keep it as tidy as possible, and always clear up any mess right away. In this way, even if someone drops by unexpectedly, you can still spend some time in the kitchen together without any concerns.