Hosting a dinner party? What about a backyard barbeque? Of course you clean and decorate in anticipation, but save that precious time and focus on the things that are most important to your guests. In Feng Shui, we focus on involving all of our senses, and this applies to making guests feel comfortable in our home. But don’t worry, they’re simple!
Believe it or not, the first thing your guests notice is the smell of your home. Don’t be concerned about your dog skipping a bath or about the fish you cooked the night before. Simply light a scented candle or simmer a pot of citrus peels, and you’re good to go!
Your guests are always looking for a good drink, so make sure your bar is well stocked. You’ll want to make sure you serve them after greeting them at the door. Having a variety of alcohol is suggested, but covering the bar basics will suffice. It’s often fun to include your guests in the fun! If you best friend’s husband has a signature drink, perhaps he’d like to show it off at your party; and it gives him an opportunity to shine; creating amazing chi for everyone to enjoy.
The greenery around your home is of the best decorations out there. Flowers exude freshness, elegance, and purity. Orchids are a popular choice and last nearly thirty years! To get the most out of your flower arrangement, purchase potted flowers. Bringing nature into our home spaces adds amazing sheng chi (positive, beneficial life energy). And, as a guest at someone’s party, what better gift to bring than that?
Your guests will greatly appreciate a clean space. If you don’t have enough time for a thorough cleaning, you can still organize your clutter. Collect all the loose odds and ends from each room and pile them into a container or tray. Clutter is the enemy of ease and comfort for everyone. Open rooms will make your guests feel relaxed, even if it’s for show!
Make sure your bathroom has clean hand towels (or individuals towelettes) and enough toilet paper. For extra brownie points, wipe down the surfaces of the counter and floor!
Last but certainly not least, your entryway is the first and last place your guests will see. The front door of your home is the “Mouth of Chi”, the portal through which all energy flows into our homes. Guests bring auspicious Sheng Chi (that good energy again!) when they enter for a festive time. They will be dropping their coats and bags there, and will be their first impression of your home. If you have the space, add a coat rack, an umbrella stand (if pertinent), and a place to sit while putting on or taking off your shoes.
And get ready for a great time!