A foyer can host a bar; a family room extended dining, and a formal living room more than one conversation area. A favorite is to use an entry console to host wine or beverage selections, along with stemware and an ice bucket.
Focal points may change away from TV viewing to a glorious blazing fire or brightly lit tree. A definite party faux pas would be guest watch the tube rather than enjoying the company. Redesign your furnishings in a new arrangement with the emphasis away from the entertainment unit by creating a new focal point on the fireplace or tree.
Always take of traffic patterns and how you want your guests to move about your home into consideration. Guest should be able to move about your home freely and easily w/out bumping into chair arms or tables. Removal of a few pieces for the gathering to a storage area frees up space for large amounts of people.
Great Conversation is the pinnacle to any gathering. Here are a few tips to help motivate your revelers....
Baskets filled with Santa hats, red & white boas or scarves and toasty slippers set the stage for a lively party. Adults and children alike all like to “Dress-Up.” For extra fun, have a Polaroid camera or two available for impromptu photo shoots.
Vignettes showcasing antique family photos enjoying a special celebration or mementos such as antique ice skates, sled or ornaments will bring up stories of the past and thread together guests. These vignettes are especially wonderful in areas that guests can mill around or be seated to chat about the past memories.
Fabric & Linens are easy holiday decor. Shop your local fabric store for fresh ideas and trendy prints...
Fabric can be tucked into bookcases, rivered on sideboards, topped on armoires or draped on chairs. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and colors. Fabric is one of the easiest decorative elements to when hosting a celebration.
The Dining Room should make a real decorative statement in your home, but in many cases, it’s one of the hardest to creatively decorate. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you...
Divine Décor – Wrap wall art in holiday paper, bow and all.
China Cabinets can be refreshed to highlight seasonal china, heirloom ornaments, and seasonal floral. Normally mundane cut crystal with glow with a toss of color tinsel, small glass ornaments or a string of garland. Ribbon wrapped silk amaryllis or paper whites look splendid laid along a China cabinet shelf.
Chandeliers can host ornaments on ribbons, ivy, snowflakes and mistletoe. New holiday colored silk chandelier light shades can replace the existing ones, and the chain can be wrapped with fabric. Take it one step further and “wrap” each of the dining room chairs with seasonal fabrics also.