Make Your House Guests Think You Got It Together

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Well, you eat ramen noodles for dinner and can barely even cook, but your house guests don’t need to know that.  Here are a couple of tips to trick your house guests to think you actually got it together.

#1 Fill a big bowl with lemons.

A big bowl full of lemons shows that you can cook, bake, maybe even fancy enough to spritz a little lemon water in your water.  “Home-y, this one,” they’ll think.  Also makes for a great interior design counterpoint!

Fill a big bowl with lemons.


#2 Create an easy but sophisticated dessert.

Just break a couple of blocks of dark chocolate and place it on a plate with fruit and nuts.  Delish!

Create an easy but sophisticated dessert.


#3 Put a variety of ingredients in jars.

Take out that pasta, rice, or other ingredients from their packaging.  Pour them inside jars and place them on display.  Way to say you are a wonderful homemaker!

Put a variety of ingredients in jars.


#4 Display your green thumb.

You can just get a plant that lasts forever or maybe just keep it simple and get a couple of branches from a walk and stick them inside some glass bottles.  Rustic!

Display your green thumb.


#5 Put water inside empty glass bottles and place them inside the fridge.

To seem (and be) environmentally friendly and cool, put water inside empty glass bottles and place them inside the fridge.

Put water inside empty clear bottles and place them inside the fridge.


#6 Offer tea or coffee.

Know those free tea and coffee packs you get from hotels and restaurants?  Now’s a great time to feature them.  “Would you like some English Breakfast tea?  A Chai?…”

Offer tea or coffee.


#7 Shiny up the bathroom.

You gotta do it.  Scrub the toilet, shiny up the taps, wipe the mirror, etc.  It’s embarrassing for your guests to use a dirty toilet, anyway.  Also, you have to clean your bathroom some time!

Shiny up the bathroom.


#8 Get some appetizers/tapas.

“Oh, you must try this spread on Melba toast!”  Who cares if you just tasted it yourself that same morning?

Get some appetizers tapas.


#9 Replace that toothbrush.

Besides replacing that old, disgusting toothbrush, also remove the icky stuff.  If your bathroom area is looking a bit empty, put in those gifts from people and those free hotel stuff you keep on getting (just one of those things you’re embarrassed to admit you do at a hotel).

Replace that toothbrush.


#10 Get the latest book you’ve read and put it on your bedside table.

Don’t place a book you’ve barely read on your bedside table.  Just put one you’ve already read or one you are actually reading, so if they ask about it, you have something to say!  Now don’t forget that bookmark!

Get the latest book you've read and put it on your bedside table.


#11 Place leafy herbs in a jar with water.

Buy parsley, basil, and coriander and place in a jar with water to give off that “I’m healthy” vibe.  This is also great for sprinkling over dinner!

Place leafy herbs in a jar with water.


#12 Get okay-looking paper napkins.

You can get them at an affordable price and they look so much better than a paper towel roll!

Get okay-looking paper napkins.


#13 Load up your sofa with throw pillows.

You can buy some pretty affordable throw pillows online.  This shows you’re into good design.

Load up your sofa with throw pillows.


#14 Dim those lights.

Well, if they can’t see the dust, it’s probably not there!  Strategically place those candles and keep the lights off or turn them down.

Dim those lights.


#15 Roast it.

Make your house guests think you’re an actual adult by roasting food!  Place meat and vegetables on a disposable foil pan.  Put it inside the oven for an hour and a half before your guests arrive.  This is enough time for you to clean the dishes too!

Roast it.

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