So the bottle of red has been opened to breath, your house is smelling of incense and roses (or toilet spray), the kitchen counter’s been cleaned and your dirty pots and pans from the previous night’s dinner are hidden in the oven. What else can we do to get our guest comfortable (but not so at home that they don’t know when to leave)…
1. EASY ACCESS TO SEAT
Your guests had taken the trouble to travel all the way to your door, in some circumstances negotiated an abundance of traffic to finally arrive at your doorstep. Take care to clear their path to a comfortable seat so that they don’t need to circumnavigate around obstacles to find a place to rest.
2. LOW LIGHTING
I cannot stress this enough – low lighting makes everyone look beautiful! Wrinkles disappear and complexions become flawless – intimate atmosphere only an added bonus. Light a candle and invest in a beautiful table or a floor lamp for a truly memorable evening (memory depending on how much wine is involved).
3. ARRANGE SEATING CLOSE ENOUGH
We might not be at the age where our friends are cupping their ears to hear parts of conversation, but more youthfully inclined reliving the glorious 80’s in the form of Bon Jovi for our “come for a quick wine” Friday evenings. This is why it’s of the utmost importance that the seating arrangement is set up at a distance that everyone will be able to have a decent conversation – even through the last throes of “Pour your Sugar on Me”.
4. ACCESSORIES TO TOUCH AND TALK ABOUT
Make sure your conversation starter is in the line of ornaments you’ve picked up on your travels, vintage market finds, or a few interesting books. Best to leave the Lego car your child built or the Ken & Barbie travel set in the kids’ rooms.
5. REFRAIN FROM BLOCKING EYE CONTACT
Although I’m a firm advocator of bringing the outdoors in, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to stare into a huge bunch of flowers while trying to have a conversation with the person sitting across from you. Keep your centre pieces to a low level for open lines of communication, or move them to another part of the room for the time being.
Enjoy your Friday night!
Cheerio ’til next time!