1. Plump up the sofa cushions
Your guests will most likely be sitting on the sofa, so make it look extra cushy by fluffing up the cushions and laying them nicely. It’ll do good to refresh the covers as well, with bright auspicious colours.
2. Focus On The Entrance
There’s simply no time to embellish your entire home in CNY decorations, so focus your energy on places where your guests will most likely congregate, such as the entrance to your home and the living room. For instance, hang auspicious greetings or place a pussywillow plant on an accent table or shelf near the main door. It’s all about making that grand first impression.
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3. Dress Up The Table
Another area of the home your guests will most likely linger in is the dining area, so add some decorative table setting elements to spruce up the space. Even a simple red table runner can make a big impact!
4. Lay Out The Good(ie)s
Break out the Chinese New Year treats and display them prominently on the coffee or dining table in beautiful containers or trays. You can order an assortment of goodies online from sites like RedMart, HonestBee and NTUC Fairprice. Otherwise, pick up the pineapple tarts and bak kwa on your way home from work – here are 13 unique snacks to try.
5. Give the floor a quick sweep
Break out your handy Scotch-Brite or Magiclean floor wiper and do a bit of light sweeping to rid your floors of stray hair, dust, pet hair and more. These floor wipers use handy wet or dry tissue wipes that you can also use on other surfaces like table tops and in between shelves too, and only take a few swipes to clean.
7. Repurpose Christmas Decor
In case you haven’t thrown them out, recycle decor from last year’s Christmas festivities for CNY. For instance, upgrade a wreath by removing the “Christmassy” aspects and adding a couple of ang baos to match the mood. Red tinsel also works – you can drape them along shelves or hang them up on the wall.
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8. Dress up the TV console area
A centerpiece in most living rooms, the TV console will usually be a crucial source of entertainment for all guests during Chinese New Year house visit once the well wishes are exchanged. Spruce up the TV console area with bright flowers or a decorative art piece to match the festive atmosphere.
9. Welcome sunshine
It all lies in the details; opening your windows wide will bring in more light and ventilation. A well-lit room shows the entire expanse of your warm abode and adds a welcoming vibe for your visiting guests.