Welcome to Summer! As we dive into the holiday season, it’s the time of the year when we can truly let our hair down and embrace the festivities, gorgeous blue skies, relaxed atmosphere, and reconnect with loved ones. And we have everything you could ever want to make the most of all your summer entertaining needs under one roof. Want an outdoor dining set, pronto? Waterproof cushions to spruce up your tropical oasis by the pool? Lighting ideas for your holiday home? Or perhaps a nifty new bar fridge for the deck?
Whether it’s dining alfresco, hosting your guests in style, freshening up your home with DIY decor projects for the New Year, get all the tips and tricks you need to make it all effortlessly stress-free right here at Alexandria Homemaker Centre. And to make it all worth your while, the parking is free. So what are you waiting for?
Explore our top 10 tips and check off your summer entertaining list today.
Tip #1 Bring the outdoors indoors
Summer is the perfect time to entertain at home. So how do you create a fun space for entertaining?
Why not bring the outdoors indoors by filling your living area with lush greenery, plants, and soft furnishing with natural tones. Throw a couple of colourful rugs on the floor and scatter beautiful, printed cushions to encourage your guests to linger and relax. Serve up a couple of jugs of cocktails, add canapés and nibbles to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a perfect picnic spot in your living room.
Tip #2 Mixing and mingling
A bubbly or two might help liven up your summer soirée. But to really get your guests to roam around and mingle, simply set up tables in different areas of your party. You could have a drinks trolley. A table for appetizers. A dessert table or even a gift exchange table.
Just think, if your guests have to cross the backyard to get to the dessert table or walk to the drinks, they’re much more likely to strike up a conversation with someone along the way.
Tip #3 Transform your bedroom into a holiday retreat
Playing hostess with the mostest during the holidays could also mean having house guests stay over. Master your holiday hosting duties by giving them the ultimate five star luxury hotel treatment right at your own home. You can easily recreate the same fancy holiday retreat vibe with crisp 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding, down feather pillows, and dress up the room with sleek, modern decor. Add little touches like a scented candle at the dresser, a carafe of drinking water on your guest’s nightstand, and don’t forget a welcome note to make them feel at home.
Tip #4 Lighten up the mood
Beautiful lighting can really set the scene and ambiance of your holiday festivities. Whether it’s fairy lights, gorgeous lamps, tea lights or a unique centrepiece ceiling light suspended over your dining table, lighting makes the room wow-worthy. You could create a soft glow, a restful mood, or a magical scene to make your party memorable. The only catch is that your guests may want to soak in the atmosphere late into the night, and never leave. So make sure you stock up on those drinks.
Tip #5 A touch of glam
As Christmas and New Years rapidly draws to a close, preparing for the celebrations will be a priority for most of us. A great way to get started is to think of a theme for your shindig. Even something simple like a colour scheme to get you on your way. You could go for gold for a touch of glam. Accentuate your space with glimpses of golden shimmer to bring a sense of luxury to life. From stylish metal lamps, gold fixtures for the kitchen to gorgeous throws and picture frames, the sky’s the limit.
Tip #6 Festive tableware
Launch your foodie feasts in style. Whether you’re firing up the barbie in the backyard for a relaxed, casual affair in the sunshine, or going to town to mark a special celebration, simply dressing your table with a fabulous festive tablecloth, matching napery, linen, glassware, and cutlery can really help capture the spirit of the occasion. Get creative with colours and the centrepiece. Add some festive sparkle by throwing a few baubles or tinsel on the table. Create a feast for the eyes without breaking the bank.
Tip #7 Beachy vibes
Fish and chips. Palm trees. Bare feet. Rattan furniture. Bring beachy vibes home to you and have fun recreating a holiday at home atmosphere in moments. You could print your best-loved collection of seaside photos, water views, and memories of all your family beach holidays and use them to decorate a wall. The more photos the more striking the effect. And why not highlight your living area with a couple of carefully chosen occasional chairs made from rattan? Mix that with some natural materials and soft fabric and “voila!” – an instant holiday feel any guest will want to relax in.
Tip #8 Care to share
The holidays aren’t just about reconnecting with friends and loved ones or partying till dawn. No celebration is complete without food, glorious food. Whether it’s strawberry Santa hats, reindeer pop cakes, cheeses and charcuterie, roasts, nibbles, and more, you’ll need to serve up your delicious treats in platters to impress. And to enhance the party mode, get your drinks flowing in some gorgeous glassware. Fill those jugs or pitchers up with cool drinks and get everyone to self serve to keep things fuss free for you.
Ready to get organised? There’s no better time than now to start thinking about how you’d like to bring the festivities to life at home, outdoors or at the home of your mum and dad’s.
To get into the spirit of entertaining and for even more inspiring ideas to fill your home and spoil your guests, all our 26+ retailers at Alexandria Homemaker Centre are on standby, ready to help. Browse and explore the stores and we’re sure you’ll find some brilliant thought-starters for you to get your creativity flowing and transform your living spaces into entertaining places. And remember, a simple but great way to kick off is to think of a theme or a colour scheme to help bring things together. Colours that add a festive flair include gold, silver, white, red and green. Just take your pick and away you go! Oh, and did mention that our parking’s free?
Happy holidays and see you in store.