Features That Make a Home Great for Entertaining

Most people enjoy hosting friends and family during special occasions.  Whether you’re hosting for just one holiday a year or you’re a year-round entertainer, it’s pretty safe to assume that at some point, most homeowners are going to host a get-together of some kind.  So, when your’e shopping for a new home, are you paying particular attention to whether or not the property is well-designed for entertaining?  

For new homebuyers, having a great space for entertaining guests is a huge draw, and we have all seen those listings that boast of a property that is “great for entertaining!”.  How is that defined, though? What qualities must be there in order for a home to be deemed “an entertainer’s dream”?

There are all sorts of wonderful entertaining features found in homes these days that are both relaxing and comfortable for all to enjoy.  Let’s take a look at some of those most desired features for homeowners and buyers who wish to entertain:  


Inviting Entryways

The entryway is your home’s first impression to guests as they walk in.  It should be both inviting and functional.  This is a space that you should keep relatively simple.  You might try adding a bench or a pair of seats.  A coat rack is also a nice touch for guests so that they can comfortably compose themselves before moving in and out of the main entertainment areas.   


Open Floorplans

Open floorplans have long been popular among homebuyers, and it’s easy to understand why.  Open spaces feel more inviting when you walk in and immediately create a more communal vibe.  They allow for easy communication among guests, as they can easily move about and converse in a nice, spacious environment without feeling too cramped.  



For anyone entertaining, it’s important to have ample seating.  Entertaining, after all, is all about creating a comfortable space for guests to mingle.  And the best environments for entertaining maximize seating.  You may already have plenty of seating for you and your family set up, but ask yourself if you have enough for possible guests.  If not, you might consider adding something fairly small, like a loveseat or some comfortable chairs.  If you’re worried about making your space feel too cramped, opt for some floor cushions and extra throw pillows.  These make for a quick and easy seating solution for your more casual gatherings.


Powder Room

An easily accessible powder room is a great addition to any home where you expect to host guests.  They provide a designated bathroom just for visitors so that they can feel more comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about any more wandering eyes in your own personal bath space.


Versatile Dining Room

Most social gatherings revolve around food, so it’s important to have a functional dining area.  The goal is to maximize your dining space for year-round versatility.  Opt for neutral, comfortable furnishings, including an extendable table that can accommodate parties of all sizes, and interchangeable décor.  The most important thing here is to keep it comfortable, as you and your loved ones are sure to spend plenty of time celebrating in this room.    

Screened Porches & Outdoor Decks

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing more fun than spending the evening with friends and family on the patio.  Screened-in porches and decks are perfect environments for entertaining, as all can enjoy fresh air and room to move about.  If you’re looking for a new home, an outdoor space is also an excellent way to extend your main living space.  For special events, consider adding amenities like a ceiling fan (for a screened-in porch), some rocking chairs to relax in and maybe even an outdoor cooler.  

A home with a great layout for entertaining can make all the difference for both you and your guests when it comes to comfort and having an enjoyable time.  All it takes is a little forethought and a few small additions and adjustments here and there.  

Are you searching for a home that would be great for entertaining guests? If so, we can help! Get started by reaching out to us at (847) 226-8681 or via email at [email protected].


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