As someone who doesn’t get out that often (parents of dependable kids will appreciate where I’m coming from here), we like to entertain and socialise by inviting family and friends to dine with us every now and then.
But of course I can’t have anyone seeing my house how it looks on a day-to-day basis. God forbid, no. So while VIP gets set in preparing the meal, I make sure the house looks spick and span.
And apparently I’m not alone in my thinking – with some of us taking it to new extremes.
Research from HomeSense reveals that Brits typically spend £134 refreshing their homes to impress dinner guests.
One in five (19%) confess to spending more than £250, 7% more than £500 and nearly one in ten (7%) have even bought a new TV before hosting a dinner party!
The research, which polled 2,000 men and women from ages 18 to over 60, highlights a new type of dinner party etiquette and found that nearly half of millennial men (43%) would refresh their home to impress a love interest, compared to women.
Guests that primarily make us want to splash out on our homes are family (26%), friends (22%), love interests (17%) and bosses (7%)
Top purchases to impress guests include flowers (33%), candles (29%) and cushions (21%), and (surprisingly) women were less concerned with impressing dinner guests, and 21% more likely to decorate due to day-to-day wear-and-tear.
According to the report, millennials (ages 18-34) are 30% more likely to redecorate their home after a breakup, compared to those aged 35+
And despite men being more conscious of social media than women when it comes to home décor, it is still the women who reign supreme: 40% of men admit that their partners buy the majority of home items with nearly half of male participants accepting help from their mothers and grandmothers.
The top 10 items we buy when looking to impress dinner guests
- Flowers/plant pots
- Table cloth
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