Entertaining guests can feel a little intimidating to someone who hasn’t done so before. Be it a formal situation, where you have to entertain business colleagues and VIPs, or something a little informal, like friends and family; calling people over for the very first time can feel like you are preparing for war! But there’s no need to feel this way. If you already have your food planned (and practiced, if you’re planning on cooking for your guests!), then you are already half way through your planning. Truly, that’s the hardest part. Apart from the food, here’s what our experts suggest that you keep in mind, in order to make your day as host a success.
The cleanliness of the house in general
Though your “party” is supposed to happen in one part of your home, wandering guests are to be expected. It’s expected that your guests will have to use your washrooms; and in the case of entertaining families, even a bedroom or two might be used as well. In this case, it’s always best to keep your home spick and span. Pay special attention to the washrooms; making sure to clean the bathroom tiles, walls, mirrors and even empty out the bathroom bin.
The lighting and the atmosphere
Things like proper lighting make a huge difference; especially if you plan on entertaining in the later part of the day. If you plan on entertaining when sunlight can be used, then don’t be afraid to throw open those windows and let in the fresh air and sunlight. Even for parties in the afternoons, along with the right lights, it’s best to keep those windows open so no one feels stuffy. Also, if your home has bathroom tiles Sydney, then depending on where you live, your home might be a little cool. Adding extra lighting will help warm up your home, or at the very least, give the illusion of warmth.
Remember to use your nose
Try to pay attention to the way your home smells. Apart from throwing open the windows, you might also want to consider spraying a little mild scented air freshener, just before your guest arrive. No air freshener? No problem! Even your regular deo sprays work great as temporary air fresheners! Apart from this, if you plan on baking something for dessert, then time it so that you pop it into the oven just before your guests arrive; so, that they’ll walk into that warm, and delicious smell. Trust us, the smell of freshly baking goodies can create that welcoming feel that you’re looking for.
Don’t forget your pets
Unfortunately, this is something most people forget. Your pet, their size and overly friendly nature might be endearing to you, but it’s quite possible that all your guest don’t feel the same. Just like you’d make sure your menu is suitable for all your guests, you need to make sure if “exposing” your pets to all your guests is a good idea. To be safe, consider having them leashed or out in the garden.