Homes of Hospitality

Lisa Stewart Design Raleigh Interiors Party 1

Stress-free entertaining tips.

Do you love to entertain and host cozy dinner parties? Do you have the gift of hospitality that allows family and friends to relax, linger, and laugh in your home? Or does the thought of entertaining stress you out? Have you given up trying to host the perfect party? If so, here are a few pointers to get you moving again.

Clean just enough. Remember your guests are coming to see YOU, not your home. Relax and let go of perfectionism.

Keep it simple. We would all love to set the perfect table with flowers, name cards, and fancy dishes but who has time? Loved ones will understand if you ask them to set the table or grab a plate, silverware, and napkin as they sit down. Calm down and make it easy on yourself.

Some people love to cook and can unwind through the process. But others are stressed out by it. If that’s you, plan a simple proven menu. For me, it’s a crockpot of chili. Or better yet, order food from your favorite local place and pick it up. After all, you deserve to put your feet up and take it easy too.

Most important of all, a hospitable host enjoys entertaining and the immense gift of family and friends. So welcome your loved ones to share great food and build memories together with worry-free ease. What could be better?!

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Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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