Getting your friends and family together to celebrate can turn out to either be a fun and memorable experience or a less-than-perfect situation.
The amount of time, preparation, and organization invested in the planning of the party will help determine the outcome.
Whether you want to host a small gathering in your living room or a full-on soiree in your backyard, there are several steps you should take.
Here are eight tips you can follow step by step to get your home ready for a party.
Work on the Exterior
The first thing your guests will see is the exterior of your home. It is usually the basis upon which they form their first impressions.
So, before you begin to tackle your home’s interior, work on your curb appeal. To give it a good cleaning, clear dirt, piles of leaves, broken down gadgets, and other debris away from your driveway.
Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, prune dead flowers, and clear the flowerbeds. You should also clear up your backyard, especially if the party is taking place there or you want guests to migrate there at a point during the party.
Provide a Clear Entrance
The entryway is the place through which guests will enter your home. It is also a prime spot for clutter as most things end up being dumped around that area.
If you cannot conveniently pass through or stand in your entryway, you need to clear it up. Move everything that does not belong there. And organize the things that are meant to be at the entrance.
You should also clean out your coat room or closet to provide space for your guests’ accessories.
Go Over the Accessible Areas
You might not need to clean your whole house when you want to host a party. Focus on the rooms you wish to open up to guests such as the living room, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom.
Give these areas a thorough cleaning, especially the bathroom, as most of the guests will end up there at one point during the party.
Hire a Professional Service
You might have to hire a professional cleaning service to go over your house for highly detailed cleaning, before and if possible, after the party.
The carpet is usually among the least of the home accessories to get thoroughly cleaned regularly, and it serves as a hotbed for accumulated dirt, bad smells, and, if you have pets, hair.
Call and schedule an appointment with a company that specialises in carpet cleaning so you can have a home that looks and smells clean.
Set the House
You can choose to be minimal with decorations or match the decor to the theme of the party. Place a few vases of flowers at specific corners of the room to serve as centerpieces.
Provide adequate lighting or light some scented candles to provide ambience and give off pleasant scents.
Set up a bar where guests can get drinks and mingle. Arrange chairs and tables and figure out seating arrangements. Clear out a space to serve as a dance floor or for games.
Go the Extra Mile
Your guests should get a sense of comfort while in your home, so they feel inclined to let go and have fun.
To achieve this, you should try to provide everything your guests might need in sufficient quantities.
Place enough clean towels, paper towels, and toilet paper in the bathroom. Spruce up the space with some flowers and light a candle, at the very least, use an air freshener. Stock up on snacks and beverages, in addition to planned meals.
Implement Safety Measures
Your friends, family, and properties’ safety are essential, so have a few precautionary measures in place.
Close and lock doors to rooms that you want to be inaccessible. Ensure that pool fences and gates are adequately locked if you host the party outside, especially when children are present.
If possible, remove all valuable items from accessible rooms to prevent accidents and damages. Have a fully stocked first aid box and emergency numbers on speed dial.
Prepare for Unforeseen Situations
Put some measures in place to take care of unplanned situations. Have cleaning supplies ready and at arm’s reach to catch spills before they form stains.
Provide a variety of food and drinks to cater to different dietary preferences. If you are serving alcoholic beverages, be prepared to ensure that all your guests get home safely.
Have extra seating options in case unexpected guests arrive. Being prepared for anything takes away the worry, allowing you to fully enjoy the party.
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