'Tis the season to host.
As you plan to host holiday dinners, brunches, and parties, you can take advantage of our tried-and-true techniques for making your spaces and tablescapes look amazing. Since we know you're short on time, here are our top three tips for throwing elegant and cozy holiday events.
DON'T OVERLOAD THE TABLE OR SEATING
If you are blessed with many family members who will be joining you on the holidays, it might be tempting to crowd as many people as you can around the table.
However, no one likes having an elbow in their chest every time food gets passed down the line. We suggest leaving 10-12 inches on either side of each chair to allow your guests to move their arms freely and get up or sit down more easily.
If you plan to serve a meal family style, keep your centerpiece decor to a minimum or remove it entirely during the meal.
KEEP COUNTER TOPS FREE OF CLUTTER
We'll admit it: This is a tough one. Our counter tops are catch-alls for everything, especially during the holidays when everyone comes bearingstuff and more stuff.However, try to keep your counter tops as clear as possible. Designate a room for gifts and coats, if you must.
The removal of clutter is the biggest way to increase appeal in a home. We de-clutter every occupied staging project that crosses our path for this exact reason.
SET UP COMMUNAL SITTING AREAS
Chances are high that you'll be seeing a few people you haven't spoken to in person for a while. Make the most of these precious hours by setting up your living room, family room, and den in a communal seating arrangement.
This makes it easy for groups of people to talk among themselves without shouting or feeling left out of the conversation. The communal seating arrangement is one we frequently use during home staging. It sends the message, "We value people here."
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If you plan to put your home on the market during the holidays, be sure to add tasteful holiday decor. Don't overload your home with items that will distract potential buyers.