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5 Ways to set the stage for the perfect house party!

Big bashes may be out due to the pandemic, but small intimate get-togethers are definitely in. Hosting a house party is the preferred option for socialising these days. If only prepping for it was not such a stressful affair! 

In anticipation of their guests, most people spend a lot of time cleaning up, decluttering, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. These are all important, but some additional adjustments can go a long way in making your house party style pop! Check out these five simple tips to take your party atmosphere from basic to beguiling.  


1. Decor accents



Accents can be any objects that add emphasis to your overall home decor – carefully curated accessories and bric-a-brac that express your personal style. These little touches help your home stand out while simultaneously setting the tone you desire for your guests. A few elegant accent pieces, like this beautiful eternity shell and fiesta panther candle stand, strategically placed around the house, can help fill the gaps and round out your home ambience effortlessly. You can also keep planters, white decor accents and photo frames. For best results, select a few simple pieces in classic and timeless designs. 


2. Fragrance



Scented candles, air fresheners, and incense sticks are an easy way to breathe new life into your home. Literally! They perfume the air and subtly underscore the welcoming mood you are aiming for. Take your pick from our varied selection of scented candleholders, air fresheners, and incense sticks to set the mood for your guests. Opt for welcoming and relaxing, or energising and refreshing. Your choice of fragrance may well become part of your signature home style. Pro tip - Stick to pleasant perfumes that are subtle and not overpowering.


3. Crockery



Presentation gets you halfway there when it comes to impressing your guests with your culinary skills. An elegant dinner set is a perfect accompaniment to every course, and it will leave your guests impressed by your hosting prowess. Opt for classic designs that will complement your table settings and stand the test of time. And of course, when in doubt, stick to white! Set your old crockery aside for daily use and invest in staple pieces that are more tasteful and contemporary for your house parties.


4. Barware



No house party is complete without a well-stocked bar. And no bar is complete without the accessories required to make all those exciting cocktails. Take a good look at the barware from our household collection, which boasts a comprehensive selection of glassware for every occasion. Ensure you have ice buckets, openers, tongs, coasters, liquid measures, mixers, and shakers. If you're looking for a trendy bar unit, this one is made of mango and acacia wood in walnut hues and has a real marble countertop. Add serving trolleys and a stylish bar stool or two, and your bar is complete. Don't go recreating your favourite nightclub at home; the best bar style is simple, functional, and fun at the same time!


5. Lighting



Lights serve the purpose of helping us see our food, drinks, and each other. But they also serve as powerful mood setters. Juxtapose a variety of string lights in varying colours for a fun effect. Combine LED lights with colour filters and watch your living room transform from a laid-back lounge to a psychedelic dance floor! Candles in ornate candle stands amp up the romance quotient, and lanterns can give you that exotic middle-eastern vibe. Table lamps and floor lamps are handy too, as they can be placed right where they are needed for the duration of the party. Light can be used just as artfully as colour to set the right tone and carry it through the entire house. The perfect party lighting should factor in the type of event, the time of day, and your overall home decor in order to complement your home style and be most effective.

Your home is your sanctuary. If you are unprepared, having people over can be a source of stress – and with an impromptu house party, even more so. However, these five simple hacks will go a long way in ensuring that your home is party-ready all the time. So go on, send out the invites and be assured of a fun time with your guests!