If Christmas has made you hibernate somewhat and you need to perk up in time to be the perfect sprightly host or hostess this New Year's Eve (or if the guests are still visiting after Christmas), here's how to make your home perfectly "guest-ready"...
Create a "pop-up" bar on your French console table - clear away the hallway clutter and line up some welcoming glasses of fizz to hand to guests as they arrive, or tidy away the picture frames and coffee table books on your living room console table, and create a do-it-yourself cocktail station with all of the essential ingredients needed from liqueurs to mixers, ice bucket to cocktail stirrers.
It's essential to have a beautifully-lit space to show off your beloved French furniture and make your cut-glass or crystal champagne flutes shimmer (check Red Online for some brilliant cocktail recipes). Chandeliers should be sparkling - get the professionals in to do it for you, or try an easy-to-use product like the Chandelier & Crystal Cleaner from Lakeland. If your chandeliers could do with even more of a brighten-up, add in some coloured cut crystal droplets from Chloe Alberry.
Be sure to have plenty of lit scented candles glowing around the room, and if you don't yet have a beautiful French dressing table, don't forget your bathroom which should be transformed into a powder room for gorgeous girls to fix their make-up, with a delicate fragrance in the air and a selection of perfumes to spritz and refresh with. Pop lanterns outside too, leading guests up to your front door, or light an area of the garden with vintage candelabras hanging from a fruit tree for the boys who want to head out for a celebratory new year cigar.
Be sure to make sure that supersoft luxury faux fur throws are draped over sofas and armchairs for guests to curl up in with their champagne into the small hours.
If you have a floor length full length French mirror, drape little fairy lights around its frame and pop a trunk or two next to it, filled with dressing up hats, fascinators, masks like our Black Masquerade Masks, and more, to add a quirky twist to proceedings.
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company