Hosting a Christmas party sounds like a fun idea. In theory. In practice it can be fraught with disaster. Where will everyone sit? How will I keep conversation flowing? What will they think of my grubby old lounge and faded rug?
No need to fear. Melissa Gullifer is a stylist at Focus on Furniture and outlines a few things you can do to encourage conversation and good cheer this holiday season.
Melissa understands there are few things more more daunting than hosting an important event like Christmas lunch or dinner.
Ms Gullifer advises following the below steps when planning your home to accommodate extra guests with elegant furniture this Christmas:
“Clear the hallway. Creating an impressive entrance is definitely the first step to welcoming your guests.
“Store away shoes and other personal items and add a bunch of fresh flowers on your hall table to create a warm and welcoming environment.”
“Select your seating. Work out how many guests you need to accommodate and figure out if you require additional seating in your home.
“Adding elegant barstools around your kitchen or dining areas for additional seating and conversation is an effective option.
“Or you could explore adding more dining chairs such as Focus on Furniture’s Ibiza Dining Chair around the dining table or living areas if required.”
“Selecting a dining table is crucial to ensuring everyone is accommodated, comfortable and for easy flow of conversation and easy access to food and drinks. Most dining suites are available from 3pce to 11pce.
“Check what dimensions you require to entertain your guests and ensure the seating is evenly spaced. Once you have the dining table sorted, check if you have the exact number of placemats, plates, cutlery, napkins and glassware required to set the table.”
“If you are in the market for a new sofa, discover new lounging luxuries with Focus on Furniture’s versatile Winslet modular sofa.
“The generously sized modular sofa is beautifully upholstered in Caden grey fabric with sturdy timber legs, offering neutral tones to effortlessly blend into your existing living space.
“If you have a large crowd, think about adding ottomans and keep coffee or side tables close by the sofas to offer guests nibbles and drinks.”
“Inspire creativity and a bit of decorative flair by adding pops of colour to your sofa. These are quick and easy ways to dress a sofa and make your guests feel right at home.
“Add patterned scatter cushions with vibrant colours or a pretty textured throw to your sofa. It will make an impact and give a fresh new look to celebrate the festive season.”