Try these ten beautifully simple ways to make everyone feel at home when joining you at your table.
The dining table is so often the centre of the home, with everything from family dinners to holiday celebrations taking place around it. When you are next on hosting duties, there are some easy ways to make everyone #FeelGreatAtHome when joining you at your table, and we’ve put together our ten favourites to help make your next dinner party a hit!
Create A Warm Environment
Before welcoming guests into your home, it’s a good idea to consider the space and time of day where you will be gathering. If it’s a beautiful lunchtime meal, ensure lots of natural light, and open windows or bi-fold doors where possible to create a relaxed atmosphere. For a cosier evening meal, dim the lights and scatter candles along the table and nearby surfaces to make the space feel homely and inviting.
Chill Out About Mess
Whenever you have visitors, and food and drink are involved, there is always the risk of an accidental spill here and there. There’s nothing worse than making your guests feel on edge by being precious about your furniture, and with the combination of the Vileda All Purpose Cleaning Cloth Set and Vileda ProMist MAX Spray Mop on your side, you can relax knowing that help is at hand.
The Vileda ProMist MAX Spray Mop has a built-in fine mist sprayer for controlled, even coverage when cleaning up spills, removing stubborn dirt and grime effectively, and leaving floors sparkling clean in a matter of minutes. Perfect for those tricky red wine spills!
The Vileda All Purpose Cleaning Cloth Set are available in a convenient six-pack and can be used wet or dry for all your cleaning needs. They are made from a blend of high-quality fibres which provide extra softness, strength and super absorbency, ensuring exceptional spill and dirt pick up every time. Your guests will have no need to feel embarrassed and you can get back to enjoying the party!
Coordinate Your Crockery
Mixing and matching your plates, bowls, and serving platters is a great way to add some personality to your table and create a talking point for your guests. While coordinating your crockery is often understood as selecting matching items, we think it can be so much more enjoyable to find mismatched items in common colours and styles when putting together your table setting to give it greater depth.
Add Some Colour
When choosing your tablecloth, napkins, and other decorations for the table, consider injecting a splash of colour to make your guests feel extra special. Even when it’s just a casual family meal, little pops of colour will make everyone #FeelGreatAtHome. A patterned napkin can be a great start, and you can use the colours within it as inspiration for the rest of your setting!
Keep It Comfortable
If you are having a large group of people for dinner, consider the placement of your chairs around the table. To keep things comfortable and casual, it can be a good idea to avoid having just one person seated at the ends of the table as would happen in a more formal setting, and instead try for a pair. For those in the market for a new dining table, consider a round option for a more laid back, welcoming feel.
Share The Love
Creating a welcoming dining space is not just about decor, but also about the style of meal you choose to serve. Make use of those beautiful serving platters that are so often hidden away, and fill them with fresh salads and marinated meats that can be shared and passed around the table. It’s a simple way to make your guests #FeelGreatAtHome and the food will look pretty impressive too!
Select Scent Carefully
Filling your home with a soothing scent can be a great way to relax your guests and make them feel welcome, but when it comes to your dining space you want to ensure that you choose subtle, neutral scents that won’t overpower. Some simple vanilla tealights in glass jars will not only add ambience to your setting but will also provide a warm fragrance that won’t dominate your evening.
It’s All About Detail
Nothing makes guests feel more welcome around your table than thoughtful touches and subtle details are often the best way to put a smile on their face. It could be as simple as a few jars of their favourite flowers, some sprigs of fresh eucalyptus tied in bunches, or a bowl of delicious chocolates to enjoy with a cuppa and chat after the meal.
Use Music For Mood
Whatever the occasion, choosing background music is a great way to make your guests feel more at home from the moment they arrive and reduce the risk of any awkward silences! Avoid well-known classics to prevent the music from taking over the conversation, and instead, opt for chilled out jazz or indie-pop playlists.
Save The Clean Up For Later
Thanks to the Vileda ProMist MAX Spray Mop and the Vileda All-Purpose Cleaning Cloth, there’s no need to make your guests uncomfortable by starting the clean up before they’ve left. With a quick once-over with this dynamic duo, your dining space will be looking as good as new!
What’s your top tip for creating a beautiful dining experience? Share it in the comments!
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