Those of you who know me will know that I love entertaining. I get so much happiness from having my nearest and dearest in my home, whether it’s celebrating the special moments in life or just having a few cheeky wines with the girls for no particular reason. Creating good energy and positive vibrations in my home makes me so content. I love transforming my home into a comfortable and appealing environment that my guests look forward to visiting. I normally try mix it up a bit with a new “theme” or ‘concept,” so each and every time, I am creating a unique and exciting experience for my guests. In saying this, the one thing I always do is engage the 5 senses.
Below are some of my top tips on how you can engage the 5 senses to create a lasting first impression on your guests!
Lets just say “Hey Google, play …” is a V popular term in office and my home. Put on some mellow tunes or if sticking to a particular theme, don’t be afraid to go all in with the tunes! A couple of months ago I had a Spanish-fiesta themed dinner party and we organised a live Spanish band as the entertainment. Over the top? Maybe. But did it wow the guests - Absolutely!
Mood Lighting, candles and ambience
Consider what mood you are going for. Dim the lights to create a romantic and cosy mood and don’t forget, a few candles go a looong way. You should consider the scents of the candles too.
Creating an aesthetically pleasing space is the first step to wowing your visitors. If you are having your visitors over for a dinner party or a Sunday lunch, the first thing to make sure you nail is the table setting. And you don’t have to spend bucket-loads of money to create classy and gorgeous table settings either. One hack I love doing is to put some freshly cut kale (straight outta my garden!) into vases. Simple, right? If you feel like treating yourself, grab some gorgeous flowers from your local florist and adorn your table with as much flora and fauna as you please!
Food food food
Everybody loves food, and if anyone says they don’t, they must be lying. Even if you are not hosting a full-blown dinner party, it’s always nice to have delicious food and snacks for your guests to nosh on. Be prepared and make sure you have something yummy on offer. If it’s just a casual hang-out, throw together a super quick and easy dip the night before and serve with corn chips. Consider a home-made sweet treat to give your girlfriend alongside her cup of tea. These little details always go so far.
If you are hosting a dinner party, my one piece of advise is to not cook something you have never made before on the day of the event. Let’s be honest, even if we follow a recipe word-for-word, sometimes S&#T can go pear shaped very quickly - hehe. Avoid the stress and present something you are totally confident in making.
How do you wow guests in your home? I would love to learn some tips from you!