Add glamour to your decor
Make an impression on your guests with these amazing décor ideas that will not break the bank, advises Nthabiseng Nhlapo
STOKVELS are no longer just for family and friends, they are now big events that may include colleagues, associates and other people you may not know on a personal level. When it is your turn to host the stokvel, it is not just the food that you need to worry about – making your home beautiful and welcoming is also a major point to consider. Make a positive and lasting impression on your fellow stokvel members with these ideas on decorating your home without spending too much money.
Make sure the table is clean before decorating it and that the table cloths are clean and ironed. It is a good idea to have a theme or a colour scheme so that the room or outdoor space you are hosting in is easy on the eye.
You do not have to use chairs only, couches and other forms of seating are also acceptable. The main objective is to make sure the seats are comfortable and match the rest of the décor. Consider using seating cards and arrange specific seats for various people if you have personalised gifts to offer or if you know certain members do not get along.
CUTLERY AND CROCKERY
These can make or break your event. Make sure all your utensils are clean and rinsed before offering them to guests. If there will be children at your event, it is best to provide them with plastic cutlery and crockery. It is best to use matching cutlery and crockery, but if you do not have any, use the same colour scheme for uniformity. For example, you can match white, beige, cream and brown plates, side plates and mugs. Try to stay away from using too many colours unless you are going for a casual picnic feel, in which case, you can pull off a rainbow theme.
Centerpieces provide something nice to look at while at the table and they add a touch of class. A good centerpiece is affordable, reusable and does not obstruct people from seeing each other across the table.
THE ENTERTAINMENT AREA
Set-up an entertainment area so that after eating, guests are not confined to the stiff set-up of a formal table. You can do this outside in your garden or in your lounge if you don’t have good weather on the day. Provide snacks and drinks to keep the mood fluid.