Your days of spending time in cafes and bars with friends may have pretty much come to an end when you became a mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy quality time with your buddies. By following some simple tips, you can turn your home into the perfect hangout spot for you and your fellow moms.
Create seating areas in different rooms
Especially if you’re planning to have your friends over on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to make sure you have more than one seating area to offer. This will mix things up a bit and stop your get-togethers from getting dull. If you have space in your kitchen, include a decent sized table that your visitors can gather around. Alternatively, if you have an island unit, put some high stools around it. Kitchens make a great hangout spot. After all, you’ve got all the refreshments you could want right there on standby, and you can get on with cooking, ironing or other chores while chatting to your guests.
Your lounge must look and feel the part too. Be careful when you’re selecting seating for this part of your home. For a stylish, relaxed and at the same time practical option, consider getting a corner sofa. Whether you’re having fellow moms over to watch a movie or just planning to catch up on gossip, these seating solutions could be ideal. They tuck neatly into corners and offer plenty of seating space. Oh, and you’ll need somewhere to place all those magazines, drinks and munchies, so you’ll require a coffee table as well.
Keep a well-stocked larder
It’s also important to make sure you keep your fridge and larder well stocked. You don’t want to have to do shop runs while your guests are waiting. No mommy meeting is complete without a selection of snacks and drinks.
Make sure you have plenty of entertainment on standby
Entertainment options are a must too. Your hangout should be brimming with music, movies and more. It’s also worth having a games console, and the Nintendo Wii is great for multiplayer games. You can test your skills at sports or singing, or you could even use it to do a workout with your buddies. This is certainly less hassle than going to the gym, and it’s a fun way to stay in shape!
Keep your home clean and tidy
If you want your fellow moms to see your home as the place to relax and socialize, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s always clean and tidy. Let’s face it, no family home’s ever going to be pristine, but by minimizing clutter and making sure you dust and vacuum before your friends arrive, you should be able to ensure your property hits the mark. Some little extras, like displaying fresh flowers, will also help you to impress.
As long as you follow simple design and hosting suggestions like these, you should be able to create the perfect hangout for you and your mom buddies right in your own home.
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