How to Set Up a Warm & Welcoming Dining Room

How to Set Up a Warm & Welcoming Dining Room

Mar 23, 2016
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As a home's central gathering place, the dining room is where you set the tone for your personal style of hospitality. So, how does a gracious host make guests feel welcome? In this video, design expert Sabrina Soto shares tips ranging from adding ambience (candles and flowers) to providing practical necessities (like a wifi code).

Think of the dining room as a spot to make sure all the basics of hosting are covered (a clean surface & comfortable chairs), as well as those essential extras, like a bottle of local wine to make guests feel really special.

1. Add fresh cut flowers.
Keep your arrangement simple: a few stems in simple glass vases feels modern and elegant. To really freshen up a room, choose something that smells great: lilacs, gardenias, freesia or jasmine flowers.

2. Add decorative pillows to your dining chairs.
Add a small lumbar pillow to one or two chairs for color and comfort. To show off the added accent, pull out one of the dining chairs just a bit.

3. Candles add softness (but don't go overboard).
Tealights in votives up the romance in a room, but remember that a little goes a long way. Sets of three are an easy rule of thumb to remember. (This may seem obvious but it doesn't hurt to add a safety reminder: don't light them if you're going to be out of the room before your guests arrive).

4. Add a welcome note (with a wifi password).
This is a great way to make guests feel special. Write them a note and use it to include must-know details like wifi passwords and any contact numbers they'll need. Place spare keys on the paper.

5. Leave your guests a local wine bottle.
There's no better way to make guests feel welcome than giving them their own little wine party, complete with a local bottle (if it's available), a pair of glasses and a bottle opener. If you can't go local, a nice red table wine or champagne bottle is a great alternative.

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