If you want to host a party in your home to celebrate a special occasion, there are a few preparatory steps you'll need to take before the big day arrives. Read on to find out more:
Clean and de-clutter
The first step to ensuring that your home is ready for a party is to give it a thorough tidying up. Dusty surfaces, filthy floors and clutter everywhere will not help to create an inviting or pleasant atmosphere.
An unkempt house might also give your guests the impression that you don't care enough about them or the event itself to make an effort to clean up. Additionally, the presence of clutter on the floors could make it harder for your visitors to navigate your home and might even result in them tripping over an object and hurting themselves.
You don't need to clean every single room from top to bottom; instead, try to focus your energy on the areas that the guests will be using most frequently. If, for example, you'll be serving food 'buffet-style' on the benchtops in your kitchen, make sure that these surfaces are dusted and disinfected, as your guests will be hovering around them for the duration of the party.
If they are made from wood or stainless steel, it might also be worth spritzing them with some polish to add some shine. Additionally, make sure to remove any and all clutter (including things like paperwork, unneeded kitchen appliances, knick-knacks and food that won't be used for the party) from these surfaces.
It's also a good idea to ensure that the entryway to your home is in excellent condition too; first impressions count and your guests will notice all of those footprints, paw prints and clutter that you have become oblivious to. Give the floor a quick sweep and mop, and if you have a coat rack, take you and your family's outerwear off it and temporarily store these garments elsewhere, so that there is plenty of room for your guests to hang their coats when they arrive.
Pay attention to the little details
When you're planning a party, it's all too easy to get distracted by the bigger elements, such as the decor and the food. However, paying attention to the smaller details is important if you don't want your special event to be spoiled by minor annoyances.
For example, make sure that your bathroom is fully stocked with plenty of nicely scented soap, clean hand towels and toilet tissue so that your guests don't have to go through the hassle of asking you for these things when they need to use the facilities.
Additionally, if your party will be going on late into the night and your guests will be spending time in the garden, consider purchasing a few extra throws and some fairy lights, so that they'll feel warm and cosy when the sun sets and the temperatures get lower.