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First Impressions last - How to WOW your visitors!

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.

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Below are some of my top tips on how you can engage the 5 senses to create a lasting first impression on your guests!

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Music

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.



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Table arrangements

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!

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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!

The safest cleaning product for your home: Murchison - Hume

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It’s no secret that I am a huge advocate for toxin-free, healthy products; my love for Murchison-Hume should not be surprising as it goes hand in hand with these philosophies.

Having a toddler and being pregnant, it is of utmost importance to me that my everyday tasks and surroundings compliment a safe household and living environment.

What many people are not aware of, is that many eco-friendly cleaning options are loaded with synthetic dyes and fragrances. This was the catalyst for the Murchison-Hume founder (a determined mum whose child had some allergic sensitivities) to create something that was genuinely safe and effective.

And what a job they have done.

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I have recently had the opportunity to trial their brand new range of signature products including their Heirloom Dishwashing Liquid.

As much as I love the delicious fragrances they offer (like Australian White Grapefruit, and Original Fig,) I was pleased to discover they have launched a fragrance free variant too!

The whole Murchison-Hume range is made from plant-based, non-toxic ingredients so it’s really safe to use in the home. A very small amount of fragrance is added to their fragranced variants to give them their beautiful scents, but fragrance in any volume can be an irritant for those who suffer from very sensitive skin.

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So.. in a nutshell it’s taking an already safe product to an even safer level. I personally think this is an especially great option when cooking. By using a fragrance-free detergent, you avoid having any scent on your utensils, hands and benchtop- and not having anything hinder the smells of what we are creating is a real plus, allowing the fragrances of what you are cooking to really sing!

If those weren’t enough to convince you, as a bonus, regular use also helps to keep your plumbing clean and odour free. Have gleaming, guilt-free dishes while simultaneously improving the environment? Ticks all my boxes!

You can Buy Murchison Hume Here

Other Murchison-Hume products I’m loving:

Superlative Liquid Hand Soap

Everything Laundry Soap- review on this one coming soon!