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How to entertain like a pro

4th Nov '20 • By Rohit Mankame

If you want to impress your guests by putting on a great gathering, we’ve got the best tips to help you entertain like a pro.

back yard with furnitureIf you want to impress your guests by putting on a great gathering, we’ve got the best tips to help you entertain like a pro.

Plan your basics ahead and keep your basics clear in advance. Prep ahead and stock up on a few simp;le things when you have spare time, which will allow you to entertain with ease, even if it's a spur of the moment event. Invest in flatware that are white, silver and/or transparent. You will be able to use them time and time again because by using patterned napkins and tablecloths, they can be quickly worked into almost every decor or theme. Another easy basic thing you can do is stock up on white candles, plain candleholders and silver candlesticks. The softness of the candlelight adds an instant and inexpensive ambiance to any room. 

What things can you do to entertain like a pro?

Location is Key

You wouldn’t want to host a party for 10 people in your bedroom? Before you make any decor-related decisions, determine the best place for your event. Once you have selected a place it is upto you to choose a standout theme of colours and furniture.

You dim the lights, light a few candles, and voila, you already have a mood lighting. An important aspect of the event should be proper overhead lighting, especially if you are hosting the event at night. Also, try swapping your white bulbs with a coloured alternative. It's a simple, cheap way of transforming the environment. 

Sharing platters on table

Share Platters

Platters are a great way to accommodate for a variety of guests and their tastes. You will surely please everyone in the room with this trick. The idea is to provide a variety of options like smoked salmon, green and purple olives, sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto, shaved ham and a variety of cheese - brie, camembert, feta and cheddar. Presentation is key, so if you plan to make the platter yourself you should keep the plate balanced and make sure all colours are spread equally over the plate.


Music helps set the mood, and a good playlist can set your get-together off. Good songs with good people strengthen the bond you have between each other. It will also bring you lots of compliments, especially when people ask for you to share the playlist with them!

Cocktail pitcher and glass

Pre-Make Cocktails 

Nothing is worse than the arrival of a slew of visitors, prompting you to make drinks in a hurry. What can you do in advance in order to stop this? Pre-make cocktails in pitchers and keep champagne glasses ready along with your wine range for the night. Your guests will want drinks as soon as they come to you. Doing this keeps drinks ready to toll, and takes the stress off!

BBQ party with skewers

Get The BBQ Ready

BBQ hangouts cannot go wrong. The best way to entertain people is to set up the BBQ and let people gather around and do their own thing. You will find that this is the easiest way to get people socialising with each other. The worst thing you can do when planning a party is not having enough food. So, get the BBQ out and let it work its magic!  


Proper seating is necessary for people to be comfortable and, therefore, be more inclined towards communicating and having fun. We recommend placing chairs near the BBQ so that everyone socialises while the food cooks and the air fills with the aroma of tender cooked goodness. Get chairs, bean bags, pillows and blankets, and keep them in one area so that people can choose their comfort of choice. It’s all about the little things that earn you a pro status!  

Setting your tables the night before is another easy way to relieve the stress that comes along with hosting a party. 

backyard lighting with plants

Fairy Lights

Place fairy lights and around your sitting area, wherever it may be. If you plan to entertain in your backyard, then decorate with fairy lights over bushes and trees or under the pergola if you have one. This will bring style to your backyard and will also add to the atmosphere of your party.

If you’re worried about everything being “perfect” your guests will pick up on it so don’t sweat the small stuff. Be relaxed, have fun and be ‘you’ in front of your loving family and friends. provides thousands of users with various businesses from plumbing to gardening and interior decoration. Simply search for tradesmen in your area and select the business that best suits your needs. 

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