Ways to Make Your Property More Inviting for Guests

Entertaining people can be exhausting. Playing host or hostess requires you to put your guests’ needs above your own, and if they don’t like the environment, it adds even more stress to your plate.

It may be overwhelming to know what you can do to improve your home so that it is a more inviting space for party guests. But it turns out that there are a few simple ways that you can improve your home so that your guests enjoy their stay more.

Have Plenty of Seating Areas

When you invite people over, you want to make sure that there is adequate seating space for all your guests.

Nothing is more awkward than your five friends who’ve never met before squishing together on your couch because you don’t have any other seating areas.

You don’t have to go and buy fancy furniture, but simply investing in folding chairs and lawn chairs (which are especially handy if you move the party outside) can make your house much more inviting for parties because everyone will have a seat if they wish.

You also want to make sure that there are seating areas in the living room, dining room and outside if you are going to be using all those areas. Adequate seating makes the space feel more inviting because people know that they are welcome to pull up a chair and visit for a while.

Make it Smell Good

Aromas can really make a home feel homey. Do you remember going to grandma’s house when you were younger and smelling her home-cooked food?

Our brains associate certain feelings and memories with certain smells, which is why you want to make your home smell good. You could buy scented candles to add a festive atmosphere, but you may have guests who are super sensitive to those smells. An alternative to scented candles is a diffuser with essential oils.

Essential oils tend to be easier on the nose for those who are sensitive to smells as they are all natural. Some essential oils can be overpowering, but simple smells, such as lemon and orange are usually not, plus the citrus makes people feel happy—the perfect feeling for a party.

And the great thing is, not only can a diffuser make your property smell good—it can also double as a great piece of decor!

Add Outdoor Features

Putting a deck or other outdoor features in your yard can make your property ideal for hosting parties. Outdoor features invite people to come outside to visit and socialize, where there’s typically better lighting and more space than inside.

Outdoor features can include anything from a patio, a badminton game set, to a firepit. All outdoor features can spice up a party. For example, with a firepit, you can roast marshmallows and make smores as the sun goes down, telling stories and laughing as the logs crackle in the fire.

If you want to invest in a more expensive project, consider putting in a pool to entertain guests in the summer. While a pool does require a lot of maintenance, if your guests enjoy swimming, having a pool makes your home a perfect spot for parties.

Make Your Entryway Inviting

The entryway is the first area inside your home that your guests will see, but if it is dark and cluttered, it may make them not want to come into the rest of the house.

Giving your home a good first impression means that you make your entryway as inviting as possible. To do so, you may have to buy a window to arch over the door to let in more light. You may need to invest in mirrors to add a sparkle to the hallway and to reflect the light and brighten the space.

You might consider adding a shoe bench where your guests can sit to put on their shoes before they leave as well as a coat rack where they can hang their coats. Remember to keep your entryway clear of clutter so that your guests feel at ease the moment they walk into your home.

Add Sufficient Lighting

Lighting can add an atmosphere to the party, but too much can be blinding while not enough feels creepy. Having sufficient lighting means that you replace bulbs that are burnt out and that you place lights in strategic places in the home.

If your living room doesn’t get very bright from the lights it already has, consider using lamps and mirrors to brighten the space. Mirrors reflect existing light, brightening a room and making it feel bigger.

If your party is outside, consider using Christmas lights to add a little sparkle and festivity to the party. You might even consider using Tiki torches or lanterns to keep the area well lit so your guests can enjoy the party without worrying about finding their way around in the dark.

Maintain the Outside Appearance

The first thing your guests will see of your home is the outside of your home, which includes the yard, front door, garage door and the house itself. If the house looks shabby, then it won’t be very inviting to your guests.

A well-maintained yard increases curb appeal and makes your home look more inviting which is why you should landscape your home and then regularly maintain that look.

Another area outside your home to look at is the front door. If the front door is worn and you decide to replace it, consider buying one with windows to brighten the entryway.

Painting the exterior or even just power-washing it, can work wonders on making your home feel more inviting for your guests. It will take a little bit of planning, but if you maintain the outside of your home, your guests will feel impressed and enjoy their visit to your home more.

Your home can be the thriving party-center you want it to be with a little effort. You might need to redesign your entryway, or buy a few new features for the outside, but the effort will be worth it and your home will shine when you host parties.

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Maire Shield
 

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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