Posted: March 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm
If you love to host, it’s important to make your guests feel at home. Without proper organization and foresight, your guests could find themselves awkwardly cramped. No matter the size of your home, there are techniques to accommodate visitors and party-goers in a way that feels welcoming and puts them at ease. Keep these six tips in mind when you’re planning your spring flings and summer gatherings.
Multiple pockets of seating areas are a must-have for entertaining. Cozy nooks are great for catching up with family, while sectional couches can be a place to make new friends. Area rugs, ottomans, and coffee tables can all help break up space to create an alcove that encourages conversation and good times.
Especially useful in smaller entertaining spaces, modular furniture has the flexibility hosts need to create a comfortable atmosphere with the functionality guests appreciate when they’re invited to “pull up a chair.” Small counter height and bar height stools that tuck neatly under narrow tables, a collection of ottomans that create a coffee table, and innovative nesting tables are all excellent ways to make creative use of space.
Plenty of Surface Area
Speaking of nesting tables, a key component of accommodating guests is providing ample surface space to rest a drink or congregate. Try incorporating coffee tables, cocktail tables, sofa tables, and bar height standing bistro tables into common areas of your home.
While not an all-year solution, outdoor entertaining areas are an easy way to open up extra space to guests, especially in smaller houses and apartments. Keep it low-key with a simple fire pit and camp chairs or go all-out with elegant patio furniture. Our rolling kitchen carts can even double as an outdoor bar!
Multiple Activity Areas
Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if everyone liked the same things? Make sure you provide opportunity for guests to enjoy their varied interests. Some folks like to nestle in for a movie, while others prefer conversation, or even a more active approach to hanging out. Be sure to have seating areas away from the television and a place to play board games, card games, and party games, like a flip-top game table.
The Kitchen Is The Hub
Don’t forget about the food! People tend to mill about the snacks. If you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen, accommodate this inclination with a kitchen island. If your kitchen is more of the galley variety, spread out your spread in another room or create tiny oases of refreshment throughout your home where guests can gather.
What do you think? Are you ready to be the host with the most? We hope you enjoyed these tips and that your guests will, too!