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Prep Your Home for the Party Season

  By   Nov 21st 2011 at 6:00AM Lifestyle RATED


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With the party season coming up, you are likely to host a couple of them at home. Whether it is a sit down dinner with your family, a casual lunch with your friends or a cocktail do for your co-workers, your house needs prepping-up before a party. Here are some smart tips so that your house is ready when the guests arrive.

Get New Tableware

tableware by golkonda
Update your collection with new dinner plates and bowls. Make sure you pick up a couple of extra trays so that the starters keep doing the rounds. Checkout the Bidri bowl set from the Golkonda collection at Good Earth. Price on request.

New napkins, table cloth
table linen by blueberry
Nothing spells fine-dining more than than fancy napkins and table linen. And one trend we've spotted is vintage table linen. Get table runners and mats with lace trimmings for a more vintage feel. You could opt for bright serviettes for a casual dinner/lunch with friends. Opt for jari-worked table linen and napkins from Blueberry Home. Price on request.

lamps by casa paradox
Lighting sets the ambience for every dinner party. Dim the lights and add a few candles on the table, either ona lovely candle stands or in tea light holders. You could also place lamps in different corners of the room. You could choose from a contemporary, metal lamp from Casa Paradox’s collection or go for an earthy candle stand from AA Living. Lamps by Casa Paradox priced between Rs. 6,60,000- 7,10,000.

New curtains
cushion by golkonda
Want to give your home an instant makeover? Change your curtains. Choose from fresh pastel colours like yellows and greens or beiges and mauves. You could also opt for shades of rust or champagne or sand gold. Add a touch of newness by adding colourful cushions to your living space. Go for festive pochampali or annamalai charcoal cushions from Golkonda by Good Earth. Price on request.

Extra pillows/sheets
bed linen by versace
If you plan to host a party with drinks for your friends, chances are some of them might want to stay back. It could also be the case if you are hosting your family. Sleep-overs after a party are always fun. But make sure you are prepared for it with extra pillows, bed sheets and towels. Choose from silk bed linen from Versace home. Price on request.

Update your bar
wine bottle holder by aa living
Parties and drinking usually go hand in hand. To make sure your guests aren’t waiting for their drinks for too long, get more bar equipment. Get a new batch of champagne flutes and wine goblets if you should. Other than that, get a couple of ice boxes and mixers so that you and your partner or anyone else who is willing to help can mix the drinks. Wine bottle holder by AA Living; price: 2,100.

Dress Up Your Floor
rug by coccoon rugs

Another quick way to give your space a new look is by getting a new carpet or a rug. Pick a bright pink by Cocoon fine rugs or one in red. You could also pick a gabbeh from their ikat collection. Priced between Rs. 22,000- 53,000.
Flower Power
vase by casa paradox
You can also get a nice vase and put flowers in them to make the space look cheerful. Get a tall glass vase, tie a golden ribbon at its neck and put some fresh long stemmed red roses. Now place it either at the entrance of your living area, the passage from the door to the living area or near the lamp in a corner or the party area. Ruby rose jar by Casa Paradox; price: Rs. 16,000.

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