If you’re the type who’s always having people over or hosting parties and you’re finally getting a new place or thinking of remodeling, there are a few upgrades you can make to ensure you’re always prepared for entertaining.
From making sure there are plenty of places to sit to transforming your outdoor space, there’s a variety of things you can do to make sure your living space is accommodating and welcoming to guests. Here are five tips for creating the perfect house for entertaining.
1. Host Activities in Different Areas
It’s no secret that not all your guests like the same things. That’s why having multiple areas for guests to mingle during a party is ideal. For example, you might find it ideal to have some guests mingling in the living room while others converse over a snack in the kitchen. Different strokes for different folks. Think about what your guests might enjoy and try to accommodate everyone if possible. While it’s unlikely you’ll make everyone completely happy, do your best to provide as many different activities as possible.
2. Consider Sectionals Sofas
When entertaining guests, especially multiple guests, it’s important to have ample seating. For example, a sectional sofa can provide enough room for several guests if you have the room for it. It allows people to sit together and watch TV or talk without being too far apart or uncomfortable.
In the market for a new sofa? Then consider retailers like Jerome’s that offer modern, sophisticated furniture pieces designed to open up spaces and encourage interaction, while also being extremely functional. Pick a color that goes well with your décor and complements the rest of the furniture in the room.
3. Use Your Outdoor Space
If you have it, use your outdoor space for entertaining as well. Allow guests to flow from your indoor space to your outdoor space when entertaining. You can use the outdoor space for multiple things, such as a backyard movie theater, a barbecue or picnic area, or a pool party if you have a decent-sized pool. When designing your home, spring for large windows that help bring in natural light and offer plenty of visibility to your outdoor and indoor areas. You might also consider buying a fire pit and building a deck or patio for your backyard if you have the budget for it.
4. Create an Inviting Entry Hall or Foyer
Before your guests see any other area of your home, they’ll come through the entry hall or foyer, which is why you should have an entryway big enough for your guests to greet you and take off their coats. Make sure it’s as inviting and warm as possible by having a place to hang or store their items, such as shoes, jackets or umbrellas. Consider a runner, quality welcome mats (both inside and outside) and plastic umbrella bags for when you’re entertaining. Protecting your floors, especially if they’re hardwood, can help preserve them and avoid messes once the party’s over.
5. Create Designated Food and Drink Stations
Creating designated food and drink stations lets people know exactly where to find the refreshments when they need to and keeps the flow of the party moving. For drinks, consider a wet bar area or a place for ice buckets and coolers so guests can get what they need when they’re thirsty. Regarding food, you could have a nice spread on the dining room table featuring all kinds of party snacks like chips and dip, cookies, fruit and veggie platters and mixed nuts. Keeping all the food and drinks in one room helps avoid confusion so everyone knows exactly where to go.
Preparing for Your Next Party
Now that you have some ideas on how to create the perfect home for entertaining, take what you learned and start making the necessary changes, so you’ll be ready the next time you decide to host an event. Whether you decide to make small changes like getting a sectional sofa or big changes like building a deck and getting a fire pit or a combination of the two, you should have no problem creating a space that’s perfect for entertaining guests with different preferences and making everyone feel welcome.