Oct 25, 2013 | Carpet One Floor & Home
Find it now in the Holiday Entertaining issue of our Beautiful Design Made Simple digital magazine! Here’s a sneak peak:
As the weather cools and the holidays draw near, do you find your head spinning with plans for guests, parties and dinner? In addition to coordinating schedules, sending invites, and choosing menus, you also need to make sure your home is ready for the extra stress that that entertaining brings. Use these tips and tricks to make your holiday entertaining just as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests.
Scope out seating. When your guests arrive, will they be comfortable in your home. No one wants to stand all the time. Look for ways to add additional seating to your home without pulling out the folding chairs. Some good options are piece that have another purpose. A large ottoman may serve as a coffee table most of the time but during a party, it could seat several guests who need a place to relax. Storage benches are a great place to store extra blankets or non-holiday décor. And don’t forget the floor. Floor pillows are a great option for family gatherings to give little ones a soft place to sit when the adults take up the other seating.
This large ottoman adds seating and can also function as a table.
Prepare a good defense. Having extra people in your home leads to extra dirt. Prepare a good defense by taking a look at your entryways. Do you have entryway mats to trap dirt? Do you have coat racks to hang your guests’ coats and bags? Want to ask your guests to take their shoes off? Ok, buy make sure you have some slippers, socks or other footwear to offer them.
This welcome mat from Carpet One Floor & Home traps dirt and supports a great cause.
Update your look. Impress your guests with some simple updates to your home décor. A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to update your décor but there are many easy updates that you can easily make for the holiday season. Swap out accessories for ones with seasonal colors. For longer lasting accessories go with warm fall and winter colors but avoid anything specific to a particular holiday. Warm up a living room or guest room with a new area rug. And don’t forget to swap out some older photos for newer ones of family and friends you’ll be entertaining. Nothing makes your guests feel at home like being surrounded by your shared memories.