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Make your guests feel at home

The best hosts and hostesses provide a welcoming and attentive feeling to their guests, whether they’re staying for a meal or for a weekend. There are ways to make your home environment warm and inviting, just by choosing ideal pieces of furniture in soothing shades to make your guests feel as though they’re truly wanted, appreciated and at home.

Just the way a room’s furniture is arranged can have an impact on how welcoming the space feels. Seating is best and most inviting when the arrangement facilitates good conversation and sharing. Each space will have its own constraints for what is possible, but the average living room includes a sofa and at least another chair or two. They should be set up so that people can talk comfortably, but with enough space between the corners to allow for movement between them. Having a place to set a drink down nearby is an important factor in making people feel at ease when relaxing in your home.

If we’re talking about a party – there are plenty of other host and hostess perks that can be carried out. You may need to do some rearranging of your living room furniture in order to set up an optimal environment when hosting a large gathering. Furniture professionals can be a huge help in couch disassembly and repositioning – however, if your party is not so very big, make due with these tips to keep things airy, light and welcoming at your next event.

Introduce everyone around, especially if someone new is joining the group for the first time. Mingle in the group and check on your guests to see if they need a freshened drink or are looking for the rest room. Serve food that is easy to eat, especially if it is an appetizer that will be eaten standing up or while balancing a cocktail. Your guests blouses, shirts and your carpet will thank you.

What makes a guest feel welcome is the host’s ability to anticipate and meet the person’s needs. Small gestures such as making sure there are plenty of clean towels in the bathroom or placing a small basket or toiletries on the dresser, just in case toothpaste, deodorant or hair gel was forgotten at home can really go a long way to making the person’s stay more enjoyable. Another helpful thing would be to create a “cheat sheet” of handy information for the guest – such as the wi-fi password, emergency numbers, restaurant recommendations and other things that will help your guest feel he is in the know about how to function in your home. Another guide to instruct your guest how to use the TV remote can also be a big help since remotes today have so many buttons! Write down the numbers of the channels you have on the TV in your guest room to help him or her find something to watch late at night without having to channel surf or suffer through that scrolling guide.

Your home says so much about you – so does the way you add those sweet and welcoming touches can leave a tremendously positive impression on your guests.