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Adding a few special touches to your home when you entertain can make the difference between a ho-hum gathering and a party your guests will never forget. You don’t have to spend a lot or go to a huge amount of effort to make your home look and feel extra-special. Here are a few tips:

Use a variety of decorating techniques to make your event special. Just by changing the linens, dishes and centerpiece, you can transform your dining room from casual to formal in a snap. Spend a little time on the extras that give your party a WOW factor!

The sense of smell is very important and one of the first things a guest notices when they walk into your home. Create a comforting aroma. Just as colors and sounds trigger emotional responses, smells have wonderful – or not so wonderful – effects on our moods. A guest’s first impression of a party may not be what first hits their eyes and ears, but their noses!

Whether it’s an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, or scented candles placed throughout the entertaining area, limit it to one main fragrance. Lighting a lot of candles with different scents will negate the effect completely.

Make sure to include a candle in the bathroom. Not only does at add a nice ambience, but it creates a pleasant fragrance.

Perfect party lighting is also very important. Parties are a good time to let the shadows fall where they may. Your party is the perfect time to have your guests see themselves at their best.

The best trick for this is to think pink! You can buy pink bulbs almost anywhere, and changing out the bulbs in your lamps for pink ones will make an amazing difference to the ambience. The next rule is to lower the wattage. Either hit the dimmer switches or replace the bulbs with lower watts.

And of course nothing takes the place of candle light, whether outside or inside, so consider having no electric lights on whatsoever.

Happy Entertaining!

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