We’ve hopped across the pond for some entertaining inspiration from UK blogger + DIY guru, Fran Stone of Fall For DIY.
If you’re having friends and family over at Christmas time, you really want your space to feel warm and inviting from the moment your guests step foot into your entryway. I’m planning to host a small Christmas party at my studio (if I ever manage to get it tidy again!) and it’s going to be a hard task to make it cozy and welcoming. The space is beautiful, but those big windows let in a cold draft!
It’s a busy time of year and it’s totally understandable that you might feel overwhelmed by all the decorating that needs to be done, but there are some simple steps you can take to give your guests a warm entrance.
First impressions are everything and it’s important to remember that that counts for all the senses. Lighting scented candles in the entrance to your home will subtly help your guests feel at home straight away.
After coming in from the cold, nothing is more inviting than seeing lush, green plants—it reminds you that there’s a warmer season just round the corner! Eucalyptus branches are my go to for just about everything. I’ve added some to the wall around my mirror just by taping the branches to the wall. It also makes a great cloche filler as an accent piece. If all else fails, simply fill up a basket with it.
Keep the lighting soft and inviting. Fairy lights are a universal sign for Christmas and are totally expected (at least by me) as a must-have addition to any festive party! Can we just keep them up all year round?!
After heading out in the cold to travel to your party, make it worth their while by offering a warm mulled wine the second they get in the door. Nobody likes to have an empty hand at a party and a winter warmer like this is the perfect welcoming!