"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Impressing Your Dinner Guests: What Can You Do?

Everyone likes to be admired. Having your name come up in conversations because of how good of a host you were is something anyone would love to experience. But how exactly does one become a great host? Whether it’s planned or not, a visit from a guest will usually have anyone in a sudden panic. Especially if you just remembered how much of a mess your house is at that moment.

Worry no more, here are some simple ways to impress everyone coming over your home:

Prepare Your Home

You can easily welcome your guests and not worry about anything going wrong once you assured yourself that you prepared enough. One simple way to prepare is to clean thoroughly. It doesn’t matter if the guests you will entertain will only stay over in the dining room. Your house is a whole and you have to think about unexpected scenarios that could happen. What if one of your guests suddenly decided to stay over, and as you’re about to escort them to one of your guest bedrooms, you remembered you forgot to change the bedsheets that have been there for months. It’s certainly not very considerate of you to suddenly deny your guest from staying over. So remember to clean, not just a part of your home, but the whole place.

If this seems like a task you can’t do quickly before your guests arrive then you can just hire cleaning services to do the job. And if it’s simply impossible to have this done because your guests live right next door and are coming in a few minutes, then just have the courtesy to apologize and tell them that the house is a mess. Because ultimately, no matter how clean someone’s house is, a proper host with the appropriate attitude and manners is what matters.

Show Them Off

Being proud of your home and showing off your belongings are very different. One guest might think that you purposely hung expensive kitchen towels to show them off. Though entirely subjective and will depend on who your guests are, it’s best to keep things simple and the way they are. But if having a granite countertop was such a crime, let things be. Some guests genuinely admire and some are simply jealous.

If you want to further impress them though, try putting a few flowers at the dining table for a nice touch. Place a few pictures around the center or side tables. Or if it’s a very special occasion, you can opt to buy new plates and utensils that could serve as a souvenir for that special day.

Don’t Overthink

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Though it can be a stressful thing to plan, guests coming over should be an overall fun experience. Just remember to put on a few music while the gathering is on-going, but don’t forget to lower the volume down so your guests won’t have to shout to hear one another.

Make an effort to prepare a good set of meals as well. Some guests have high expectations with this one because it’s supposedly the highlight of the gathering. Make sure to manage those expectations and not to be too hard on yourself.

You don’t have to push past your limits over a simple dinner or gathering. You can impress them easily enough by entertaining them and making sure that fun is guaranteed the whole night. A karaoke sing-off, a few gaming cards or the clichéd truth or dare are a few ideas to propose with your guests. At the end of the day, the best company is with those who make us cry with laughter and joy.

Overall, the key to impressing your guests, no matter who they are, is to not stress about every little thing and just enjoy the day with them. A true guest would be thankful enough to have been invited to your humble home, so the least they can do is share and enjoy that experience with you.

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