Entertaining friends and family involves more than just serving a good meal—it is also one of those rare moments when you can make an impression so impressive that guests will think you are royalty. Or at least related to royalty. Here’s how.
Make a Formal Introduction
Prepping a meal for a formal gathering—be it freshly caught pheasant or a frozen turkey—is no small endeavor. After your bird has been basted, you might worry that your goose has been cooked if your home smells less inviting than the royal palace you envisioned. And that first impression as guests walk through the door can be the only impression that matters. To get the evening off to the storybook start you want, plug an Unstopables™ Scented Oil as close to your entryway as possible to set an elegant tone for the night.
Assemble the Basics
Choose a tablecloth in a neutral shade, such as white, beige, or ecru (which we thought was a large flightless bird… and it would NOT sit still on the table). If you love the look of your table and prefer not to cover the entire surface, opt for a damask runner and beautiful place mats to achieve a more formal look. Choose napkins that match the tablecloth, and add decorative napkin rings for a dash of sparkle or color. Note: Single straight men will have none of these things.
Want some next-level entertaining tips? Prior to the party, wash all of your dining-room linens and napkins (assuming they are machine washable) with the same Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster fragrance you used in the entryway to bring your scent excursion full circle.
Add in the Extras
Once the table is set, personalize it with your special-occasion salt and pepper shakers, crystal or sterling candlesticks, and fresh flowers. Even better, go to a higher-end grocery store and purchase five or six of the most exotic, colorful fruits you can find. Place them in a fruit bowl on the hutch or near the washroom to create an eye-catching conversation starter (just be sure to memorize what each fruit is). On the dining-room table, arrange a tight, monochromatic cluster of white or pale pink carnations in a simple white vase. It’ll add a touch of elegance without breaking the bank.