Do you pride yourself on having the kind of home that is comfortable and welcoming for guests? Do you like being the host and entertaining family and friends regularly? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, it’s important to create the kind of environment that is ideal for entertaining. Even just a few tweaks can make a huge difference to you and your guests’ comfort and enjoyment levels.
Here are four ways you can make your home great for entertaining.
Furniture Layout Needs to Allow for Conversation
There’s no need to rush out and purchase new furniture just to have the perfect home for entertaining. Instead of the pieces themselves, focus on the layout of the room. You always want to ensure that the layout encourages conversation between guests, which means furniture that faces inward to each other rather than away. It can be helpful to move things around in a few different configurations, get a sense of how it feels and the flow in the room, and then figure out what the best layout would be.
Ensure the Bathroom Is Always Presentable
Because guests can stop by at any time, a good host will always ensure the bathroom is presentable and clean. This means stocking the bathroom with all the essentials and then adding some inviting decor like fresh flowers, a scented candle, plush hand towels and luxury soap.
Ensure You’ve Got Coffee On-Hand
While there are all kinds of food and beverages you can serve your guests, a staple item to have in the house is coffee. Coffee is the perfect item to serve people that pop in for a visit and, because it’s enjoyable any time of the day/night, it makes for a universal pleaser.
With today’s popular single-serve coffee machines such as the Keurig or Nespresso, you also can make cafe-quality beverages for your guests. What this means is that you need to keep a healthy amount of coffee pods on hand and ensure your machine is in tip-top condition.
For those who own a Nespresso machine, you want to be sure you descale your machine a couple of times a year, or about once every 250 uses. Step by step instructions are available and easy to follow. Care and maintenance should also be taken with Keurig machines to ensure they stay in good working condition.
What About Guest Entertainment?
Gatherings may focus on the conversation or you may be the type that likes to inject a bit more excitement into things. If you like more of the activity-based gatherings, it can make sense to invest in a big-screen television ideal for movie nights, the latest gaming console with extra controllers for your guests to use and a good selection of multi-player games and even an impressive sound system so you can have music playing in the background while entertaining.
If you’re more of the board game-style of person, then a folding card table and chairs could be exactly what you need to ensure everyone has a comfortable seat and can join in the game. You can even play cards and casino games at a table like this. And because it is folding, it is easy to store when not in use.
If you tend to be the person that always hosts when it comes to getting together, why not take a little extra time and effort to tweak your house and ensure it’s comfortable for all? It’s little touches like these that can make a big and positive difference to your gatherings.