Hosting a Family Reunion? Here’s How to Prep!

Posted January 14, 2016 by in Home

In modern society, many families are spread out all over the country or perhaps even the world. Therefore, those rare moments where you can all meet up are truly special. If you are planning to host such an event anytime soon, then your mind is already being filled with excitement.

Nevertheless, amidst those positive feelings is an undeniable sense of dread. There’s a huge sense of responsibility. But if you’ve got some time to prepare, then it’s the perfect excuse to give your home a makeover.

These top tips will ensure that it’s in perfect condition for the visit of your family. Furthermore, you can enjoy the benefits after they’ve left too. What more motivation could you need?

Add Kerb Appeal

First impressions count for everything, and you want your home to make a telling impact from the outset. Before they’ve even entered the property, they will see the outside of the building. Therefore, it’s imperative that you pay close attention to those exterior characteristics.

In truth, you should be looking after the property anyway. After all, fixing roofing problems at an early stage could save a lot of time and money in the long run. However, you should think about aesthetic factors too. Painting the building can have a telling impact while simply keeping the front lawn tidy will work wonders too.

Create those winning vibes before they’ve even entered the property, and it should set a fantastic tone for when they step inside. Besides, those great appearances will improve your relationship with the home too. Perfect.


There’s nothing quite as uninviting as a cramped and overcrowded home. Those feelings can be even more dramatic when dealing with multiple guests at once. It’s time to have a thorough clean.

De-clutting the property will make it feel cleaner and bigger. Moreover, the added floor space will create a more accommodating atmosphere for the visiting family. Besides, you can often sell those unwanted items to make some extra money too. 

If you’re having guests stay over, it’s imperative that you de-clutter the guest room too. We’re all guilty of turning those spaces into a storage area. Get this fixed before their visit, and keep it that way.

Let There Be Light

Ahead of the visit, your main task is to brighten up your home. And there’s no better way of achieving this aim than by doing it in a literal manner. Quite frankly, lighting plays a far too important role to ignore.

Using a few simple hacks to improve the lighting in your home won’t only improve things for the reunion. It will allow you to set the mood and enjoy the property in other situations too. We all feel happier when the sun is shining. Injecting the light into your home is a fantastic solution.

Play To Their Senses

The human body is an incredible thing, and all of our sense play a vital role in engaging with our surroundings. As the host, you should capitalise on this at every opportunity.

You can make the property feel more homely by adding a few family photos. Apart from adding personality to the house, it’s also a wonderful talking point for the reunion itself. Meanwhile, arranging a flower delivery can ensure that the home smells nice and carries those natural tones too. Those subtle additions can make a world of difference as you look to establish a happy environment.

It’s simple stuff, but the impact it brings is telling.

Improve The Bathroom

Without realising it, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the entire property. In truth, I’d suggest making it a priority for any home improvement project. However, this is especially true when you have guests over.

If guests are staying over, then their bathing experience can have a huge influence on their enjoyment. Increasing the water pressure is a simple project, but it will help massively. Besides, it can make an improvement to your household’s daily lives too.

As a guest, using someone else’s bathroom can be uncomfortable at the best of times. Don’t make it any worse. Be sure to stock it with enough products too.

Redesign The Garden

No matter how great the inside of your home is, the garden is a far better location for enjoyment. An afternoon in the sun with your loved ones – what more could you ever ask for?

Building a deck and filling it out with great garden furniture will transform the garden into a wonderful venue. As well as improving the reunion, your immediate family can enjoy those delights time and time again. Meanwhile, trampolines and garden games will inject extra fun into those activities too.

Those upgrades will almost certainly add value to the property too. What more incentive could you need?

*This article was contributed. 

  • Petite Maison of Fashion January 18, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Light is so important to me (as a blogger – hellooo natural lighting in photos – but especially as a person who likes open spaces and sunlight)