Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home, and with a few simple strategies, it’s easy and affordable to create the perfect gathering area.

You can set the stage to make a lasting impression by preparing your home now for guests. Here are easy ways to upgrade your space, and your electronics, without busting your budget.

1. Freshen furniture

Having adequate furniture is key. If your current couch and recliners are more shabby than chic, it’s time to upgrade. New, plush furniture can be within your budget with lease-to-own alternatives.

2. Accessorize


One of the most affordable ways to give your family room a facelift is by strategically adding a few new decorative accessories.

Pillows are great for lounging and, when you’re hosting a large group, can be used on the floor to keep everyone comfy. A few good blankets — whether in a festive shade to celebrate a particular holiday or the hues of your favorite sport’s team —

add a splash of personality while keeping guests cozy.


3. Electronic forms of entertainment

Start by having some music ready to get everyone in a festive mood from the moment they arrive. From traditional family favorites to modern tunes, music sets the tone when softly played in the background during the party.


Your TV should be center stage, offering guests access to the big game, classic movies and much more. To really impress loved ones, a new flat screen TV is sure to “wow.”

4. Rethink the furniture arrangement

Before guests arrive, consider rearranging the rooms where people will congregate for optimal function at your party. Think about how guests will use the space and place furniture accordingly. Cluster seating together to encourage conversation, and face the main pieces of furniture toward a focal point, like the TV.

Food is often a part of celebrations and, whether you’re serving up game-day appetizers or traditional hors d’oeuvres, make sure it’s easy for your guests to grab snacks and go.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.