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Entertaining guests is an exciting opportunity to show who you are; not only in the dishes you serve but also with the space you share with others. It can be hard to know just how to update your dining room or other entertaining areas for the most significant impact. Here are five tips to creating the perfect look for entertaining in your home:
Update Your Furniture
Instead of reupholstering your dining room chair set yet again, think about investing in some new furniture. By including modern pieces such as Brosa’s dining chairs or snagging a deal from Overstock, you can instantly change the feel of your dining room. Of course, new paint to old furniture is another great money saving tool to improve your surroundings.
Let There Be Light
Nothing can reset the mood of a room better than good old-fashioned lighting. Come to think of it, let’s forget the old-fashioned part. Smart lighting is here and can make entertaining even more fabulous with customizable settings for any event you have planned. Installation can be a breeze and once set, the right feel for the room is just a touch of a button away.
Find the Perfect Sideboard
Sideboards, otherwise known as buffets, are wonderful storage solutions for your dining areas that can serve as functional art pieces as well. Having grown in popularity in the 19th century, sideboards have found themselves housing linens, serving dishes, and acting as a stand for food needed in dining rooms for years. Opt for this timeless piece to make serving food easy and eye-catching for your guests with your favorite dishes or hors-d’oeuvres placed atop. Need more reasons why a buffet is a must have? Check out these ideas here.
Not Your Grandmother’s China
Okay, it can actually be your grandmother’s china that you inherited, but having formal dinnerware can boost your confidence when guests come to dine. You can create loving memories with friends and family around your treasured plates that add a touch of class and elegance to your table. No, they aren’t something you just keep as a memento, hoping to prevent any breakage. Get those babies out and use them! Thinking that fine china is not for you may be a decision that you regret down the track, so if you weren’t lucky enough to get your own set of passed down beauties, it’s worth considering. Pick a set that reflects your personal taste, leaving your guests with an experience that has them feeling valued as diners and privileged as your friends.
Nothing brightens up a room like a floral arrangement thoughtfully laid out for a special evening. Browse through your local florist and pick their brain on what they think could add that special touch to your dinner party. Don’t feel bad about skipping the flowers entirely and opting for something a little more creative if they aren’t your style. Beautify your table with a goldfish bowl of after-dinner-mints, or that thrift store discovery that caught your eye. Use your choice of centerpiece as a conversation starter, something that will have your guests thinking about for a few days after.
Entertaining guests in your own space can be exciting if you have the creativity for the challenge. Even if you aren’t a Picasso of plating, you can still find longstanding, traditional options for decorating a dining room in which anyone would be delighted to dine.