9 Aug 2011
If there’s one thing that Aussies like to do, it’s home entertaining. On any given weekend you can smell the waft of a backyard BBQ, the sound of laughter and kids running around, and that next day clinking of bottles piling up in the recycling bin.
So what makes for great home entertaining? Here are a few things to help you enjoy your home entertaining, as well as spending time being the hosts…
Well, the right type of house helps when you’re trying to fit a number of people into a limited space. Maximising space by moving clutter and unnecessary furniture out of the way helps not only to fit people in more comfortably, but may preserve your furniture from spills.
If you’re hosting a smaller gathering in your home, make sure you create an atmosphere that encourages everyone to have a good time… the last thing you want to hear are the crickets in the backyard!
Catering is one of those things that you either enjoy or you don’t, so if you’re not getting professionals in to cater, make sure you prepare as much as you can ahead of time so you can spend your time mingling and enjoying yourself with your friends, rather than being in the kitchen trying to keep up with hungry mouths.
The dreaded clean-up generally takes place the following day, but if you are able to, once everyone’s gone and assuming you have the presence of mind at the end of the night, clear away any food scraps and rubbish so not to attract possums or other unwanted post-party guests.
Happy home entertaining everyone! Remember, party responsibly, and of course have a good time!