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Ways to Set Up Your Home For Entertaining

With Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and summer all coming in rapid succession, there’s a better than average chance you’ll soon be hosting a party. With multi-generational gatherings, many people are left to wonder the specific elements that make a home great for entertaining. It’s actually quite easy. Here are multiple tips for creating spaces that are perfect for entertaining.


A home can have multiple mingling areas and an ample open space, but a crowd will always form in the kitchen. This is why an open plan design is ideal for entertaining. Other kitchen features that are helpful for hosting are:

Image depicts a large kitchen

    • a large island
    • a butler’s pantry
    • a second dishwasher
    • a second oven
    • a beverage/wine cooler
    • an undercounter ice maker


    IN THE LIVING ROOM:Image depicts a formal living room

    Most people at parties like to stand around and talk, but they also enjoy the occasional sitting break. So, keep your sofa and chairs, but put away throw pillows, remotes, magazines, and anything else that will generate non-party clutter. Also consider setting up intimate sitting areas, creating cozy spaces to enjoy catching up with close friends



Image depicts a family room with couches, chairs, a television and large windowsIN THE FAMILY ROOM:

While large TVs seem to be the focal point of most family rooms these days, they’re completely superfluous when you’re arranging your home for entertaining. Instead, create a space that promotes different interests. For instance, the addition of a pool table would be ideal for people who like to be more active at parties, as well as poker tables and tables and chairs for games.

IN THE BACKYARD:Image depicts a luxurious backyard with stone patio and pool

A well-thought out backyard can serve a wide variety of purposes and create a wonderful place for entertaining. As with the family room, designing flexible spaces can be a good way to accommodate a large group. Here are a few features to turn your yard into an entertainment oasis:

  • lush landscaping
  • multiple seating areas
  • an outdoor kitchen
  • a pool
  • a sports play space

Prepping your home for entertaining is the only way to prevent people from milling about awkwardly. But, don’t spend the whole night worrying about it. Enjoy the time with your friends. Of course, if some of these ideas have you planning for your next home, turn to the Howland Group.

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