Hosting comes naturally to some people, while the rest of us are scrounging and yelling orders to our kids seconds before our guests arrive. But when the door opens and your guest(s) are greeted, the stress is written all over your face, and most likely, manifested in a tense hello. Hopefully, your guest won't realize that your exhausted and would like for the evening to just be over with. And dinner hasn't even been served yet!

Hosting FAIL.

Being a good host is definitely a skill set that matures over time, but with this tutorial we will explore a few of the ways in which you can create a wonderful ambiance to set your guests at ease and promote stimulating conversation. Using the 5 senses, we'll help you set the right mood for a wonderful gathering, one that may in fact, have repeat occurrences. The rest will be up to you!

Let's begin!

Step 1: Scent

There's a reason that real estate agents use aerosol sprays that smell like chocolate chip cookies! Besides for really making you crave cookies, the ubiquitous aroma makes you feel comfortable because your brain recognizes the scent and automatically associates the entire space with satisfaction.

Even when you're not trying to sell your house, this idea can be reformulated for any space and really help build a great ambiance. Scented candles are great for this reason, aside from the warm and endearing appearance of the flame, they mask any other smells that may be lingering around.

Please note: don't go down the avenue of chocolate chip cookies aerosols. If your guests smell chocolate chip cookies, you better have some on hand.

However, if you've just cooked (or ordered out, let's be real here) something similar to a Brady Thanksgiving, go with it. Let your guests be welcomed with the amazing, but hopefully not too overpowering, aromas of the cuisine you've created. There's nothing short of love in a good meal, and your guests will feel that immediately as they walk through the door.

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