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Easy tips for entertaining at home

by Emma Lord, Jul 2018

We know that the thought of entertaining at home can be a stressful experience, so we’ve put together our 7 top tips for making the experience as enjoyable as possible!

1. Leave the cleaning 

A clean home doesn’t have to mean spending hours scrubbing your floors. Here’s what we suggest: Wipe down the surfaces that people will see and use. Dust anything at eye-level — think mantels and bookshelves. And get rid of any cobwebs in the corners.

The one place you want to spend some time getting your clean on is in the bathroom. Guests are more likely to notice details when they’re alone in a space. Obviously, there is always the option of booking a Well Polished cleaner to blitz the place?

2. Lights down, music up!

Good ambiance is always important. When it comes to lighting up your party, avoid the ‘big light’ and opt for table and floor lamps, string lights, and candles. It’ll feel more relaxing for the guests.

As for music, choose a station off of your favorite music streaming service and let it play DJ all night. Begin with the music at a comfortable volume, then continue to turn it down and let it serve as a background as more guests show up.

3. Host with happiness

The guests may not all know each other, but they all (presumably) know you. That being said, by staying positive and relaxed throughout the evening, your guests are bound to reciprocate the good vibes.

Start by pouring yourself a drink before anyone else arrives — welcoming guests into your home with a smile and drink in hand will make them feel comfortable instantly.

The biggest task, of course, is keeping your cool while preparing food. Choose something simple to avoid having to scramble or show any frustration with the food!

4. Don’t let starters intimidate

We recommend opting for a beautiful spread of cheese (everyone loves cheese, right!?). Pick out 3-4 varieties, add in a cured meat, a bowl of olives, and some crackers. In lieu of a fancy cheese board, a clean wooden cutting board works just fine.

5. Use place cards

Place cards make everything feel a little bit fancier, don’t they? And also keep people from doing the awkward, “where should we sit dance” — Let the dancing come later.

6. Time the meal right

You don’t want guests to feel like they need to sit down at the table the moment they get there. You also don’t want them to be standing around for too long before the main course is ready.

7. Prepare the kitchen for the aftermath

There’s no way around it — you just can’t keep your kitchen sparkling clean the entire night.

First and foremost, do tidy up before you get started. Clear non-essentials off of the countertop, making it easier have space throughout the night and wipe up at the end of it.

Most of all, be sure the dishwasher is empty. That way, it’s ready to be loaded once the guests say their goodbyes.

Remember, you could always throw all the dishes in the sink and book a Well Polished cleaner to blitz the place again AFTER the party 😉