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5 Tips to Prepare your Home for Holiday Entertaining


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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

Maureen Harmonay

I take my clients seriously. I take pride in doing a great job, and I love what I do...

I take my clients seriously. I take pride in doing a great job, and I love what I do...

Nov 8 3 minutes read

The holidays are right around the corner, which means entertaining is a must. A little interior design will help when hosting your loved ones. Don’t prep for your holiday gatherings without reading this first. Here are 5 quick tips that seasoned entertainers get right: 

Make Your Dining Setting Stand Out

An assortment of table decoratives, in different sizes, creates a sense of elegance without interrupting the communication of your guests.  By placing smaller table items between seat settings, you'll allow comfortable conversation to occur among the beauty of your table display.  Adding in small flower arrangements or single candles will bring warmth into your setting.  Glam up your table with a beautiful silverware selection or matching plates.

Dress Up the Kitchen

Follow through with the design of your home--whether traditional or modern--and incorporate holiday touches in your kitchen.  Make use of your counters, kitchen island, or breakfast nook.  But keep it simple here, as you'll likely need the extra space during the holidays.  Check out these 15 Decor Tips that will bring the holiday spirit to your kitchen this year.

Set the Mood with Accessories

For instance, if you're going for a warm and fuzzy vibe, emphasize candles, big throws, and accent rugs.  Use these festive items to layer over your everyday decor.  These accessories are inexpensive add-ons that are easy to store and can be used year after year.  Make sure to start where people gather--in the living room!

Provide Enough Seating

Always think about what you'll need for seating options when you're entertaining.  A comfortable array of areas where people can chat during the cocktail hour is critical to making your guests feel welcome.  Add side tables and place a large coffee table in the center of the room for drinks, canapes and hors d'oeuvres.  You don't want your guests holding their empty glasses!

Small Touches Leave Big Impressions

Don't miss those special bathroom touches that will make this room just as welcoming to your guests.  Add a vanity flower arrangement and seasonal hand soaps or candles in matching counter containers.  Make sure there are clean white towels and that shower glass and counters and fixtures are sparkling.  Don't overdo it with heavy scents:  you want to convey a feeling of freshness, no matter the seaso

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