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

Move! Stokvel - - Contents -

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.

THE TA­BLE

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.

SEAT­ING

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.

CENTREPIECES

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.

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