1st Dec 2018

You freeze when you realise you are the one hosting a Christmas gathering at your place this year and you need to think about accommodating extra guests. Where do I start?

Melissa Gullifer, stylist at Focus on Furniture said, “There is nothing more daunting than realising you are the one hosting a Christmas lunch or dinner. Entertaining guests with maximum impact this Christmas can be achieved by planning how you will accommodate your guests with the right food, entertainment, furniture pieces and accessories.”

Ms Gullifer advises following the below steps when planning your home to accommodate extra guests with elegant furniture this Christmas:

1.  Clear the hallway. 

Creating an impressive entrance is definitely the first step to welcoming your guests. Store away shoes and other personal items and add a bunch of fresh flowers on your hall table to create a warm and welcoming environment.

2.  Select your seating. 

Work out how many guests you need to accommodate and figure out if you require additional seating in your home. Adding elegant barstools around your kitchen or dining areas for additional seating and conversation is an effective option. Or you could explore adding more dining chairs such as Focus on Furniture’s Ibiza Dining Chair around the dining table or living areas if required.

3.  Create an elegant dining table. 

Selecting a dining table is crucial to ensuring everyone is accommodated, comfortable and for easy flow of conversation and easy access to food and drinks. Most dining suites are available from 3pce to 11pce. Check what dimensions you require to entertain your guests and ensure the seating is evenly spaced. Once you have the dining table sorted, check if you have the exact number of placemats, plates, cutlery, napkins and glassware required to set the table. If you are hosting a formal gathering, you might opt for adding the guest’s name on a place card so they can easily find their seat. Add a fresh bunch of flowers or assorted candles to the centre of the table and keep them at a reasonable size so it’s not hard to see and talk to each other.

4.  Spruce up your sofa

If you have a large sofa in your home, encourage guests to use it. If you are in the market for a new sofa, discover new lounging luxuries with Focus on Furniture’s versatile Winslet modular sofa. Suitable for a large family and entertaining guests, the generously sized modular sofa is beautifully upholstered in Caden grey fabric with sturdy timber legs, offering neutral tones to effortlessly blend into your existing living space. If you have a large crowd, think about adding ottomans and keep coffee or side tables close by the sofas to offer guests nibbles and drinks.

5.  Add pops of colour

Inspire creativity and a bit of decorative flair by adding pops of colour to your sofa. These are quick and easy ways to dress a sofa and make your guests feel right at home. Add patterned scatter cushions with vibrant colours or a pretty textured throw to your sofa. It will make an impact and give a fresh new look to celebrate the festive season.

“These are some simple solutions that can accommodate extra guests and make them feel comfortable in your home so you can welcome them with confidence this Christmas,” said Melissa.