No matter how many snacks you put out, guests are going to hang out in your kitchen as long as you are there.
The kitchen draws people in and, regardless of how in the way they might be, they will always squeeze their way in. Since we already know this, plan for it by making the kitchen as welcoming and as spacious as possible.
4 Must-Have Modern Home Features
An Open Kitchen
An open floor plan kitchen is ideal, however, if your home does not have one of these modern home features, replicate the feeling by creating a welcoming place for guests to stand or sit that is as out of your way as possible. After all, they simply want to be near you. Or they might just want to sample the dinner dishes.
There is no faster way to make your guests fidgety than by having inadequate air flow or an uncomfortable temperature. If your guests are too cold they will start to shiver, and if they are too warm conversation may languish. Ensure the air is moving properly, and the temperature is always comfortable, by having your home’s HVAC system regularly serviced. Professional HVAC technicians can not only keep your air fresh by replacing filters and checking airflow, but they can also diagnose problems early so that you aren’t welcoming guests at the same moment that your central air conditioning unit breaks.
Once the food is out of the kitchen (and hopefully, so are your guests) make sure to sit down and enjoy the company. Everyone gets nervous when the host is nervous, and everyone is relaxed when the host is relaxed.
Sink into comfortable seating — inside or outside — and spend time with your friends or family. Provide seating that is spacious enough for everyone to feel at ease, but intimate enough for everyone to feel cozy. You don’t want to have to shout to your guests halfway across the yard. Stock coffee tables and end tables with coasters, napkins, and snacks so your guests have everything they need without asking for it.
Set the stage for a perfect evening by picking out music ahead of time and piping it at a gentle volume through your house’s audio system. When people arrive lively music is appreciated to get everyone in a festive mood. Chill tunes such as jazz or acoustic guitar are perfect for a relaxing dinner. After dinner crank the volume up a tad more and continue the evening with lawn games, conversation, or after-dinner cocktails.
Being a great host is a skill that any homeowner can learn. By implementing small features in your home to accommodate guests, you can create an atmosphere that is fun, comfortable, and welcoming for your friends and family.