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Wow Your Holiday Guests

You Had Me at Ho Ho Ho

First stop on the holiday express: your entryway. It may seem like a minor detail, but your foyer is one room that's not to be overlooked. This time of year, it's common to have visitors who you haven't seen in months or even years, and some of them may be seeing your home for the first time. You can make a great first impression on your guests with an entryway that's both inviting and highly functional.

Start off with stylish seating so your guests can sit down to take off their boots. An accent chair, bench or settee works wonderfully, and we're big fans of the leather and leather-look variety. When you're dealing with outdoor elements like snow and dirt, it's nice to have furniture that you can wipe right up with ease.

Another must-have entryway ingredient is storage. You'll appreciate a place to organize your family's hats, umbrellas and other odds and ends, and not just when you're hosting. With a storage bench, your seating can pull double duty. Or incorporate an elegant accent cabinet for a gorgeous focal point your guests (and your family) will admire.

If you want the best of both worlds, a hall tree incorporates seating and storage in a small footprint. With baskets, coat hooks and a built-in bench, this foyer fave just about does it all.
Organizing your family's shoes, scarves and gloves is so easy, and you'll have a place for jackets once your guests arrive.

Make Yourself at Home

The holidays are a perfect time to freshen things up. If you're putting up a Christmas tree, you'll probably have to shift a piece of furniture or two anyway, so why not take this opportunity to arrange your living room in a way that's ready-made for holiday entertaining.

Since this is a place to gather and share stories, don't make the mistake of centering your setup around your TV. Instead, place your furniture in a way that makes it easy to have a conversation, even if it's just a temporary measure while you're hosting. With your seating facing inward, all that's left is to create a stunning holiday-themed focal point.

You can't go wrong with an electric fireplace. We offer a variety of fireplace styles at Raymour & Flanigan, and there's no special installation required. With its radiant heat and beautiful flame, you will be glad to have it during the cold winter months.

An accent cabinet can also be a practical—and beautiful—centerpiece. Like a fireplace, its surface gives you an opportunity to show off your decorating skills. The advantage of a cabinet is that it gives you extra storage space, and who wouldn't want that? No matter what you choose, you're sure to have a fabulous setting for entertaining.

The Secret's in the Sparkle

We love holiday decorations. They're fun and cheerful, and they put us in the holiday mood. But if you really want to wow your guests, then you need to take your decorating to the next level. This doesn't necessarily mean more decorations—sometimes you can make a big statement with a simple, well-crafted display of festivity.

Red and green have ruled the holiday palette for years. If you want to maintain a traditional look, then you can't go wrong with these go-to hues. However, there's a whole world of untapped holiday beauty to be found in unexpected colors. Blue, gold, magenta—you name it, you can work it into your decor for a look that will delight you and your visitors.

The secret to using non-traditional colors is in the sparkle. Think of tinsel, Christmas lights, icicles and glass ornaments—the one thing they all have in com-mon is their glittery appearance. With a touch of shimmer, you have total decorating freedom. So instead of introducing red and green hues that might clash with your existing decor, you can go for an elegant pastel palette or even an array of bright colors if you want.

Throughout your home, you can infuse subtle holiday moments by choosing year-round accessories that can be dressed up for special occasions.
Add colorful balls to a glass vase, or tie a shimmering ribbon around a set of decorative finials. Silver and gold accents, like a metallic mirror, are also great finishing touches that can feel festive in the right setting. Having versatile pieces is especially handy if you don't have the space to store boxes upon boxes of holiday decorations.

Do Yourself a Party Favor

The holidays offer a great excuse to get together with your friends and family, but if you really want to make sure everyone has a memorable time, then try deviating from the same old, same old. When you go beyond the usual holiday dinners and gift exchanges, there's a lot of fun to be had. Cookie swaps and ugly sweater parties are just the tip of the iceberg, so go ahead and get creative.

There are so many classic holiday movies—we all have our favorites. Why not get the crew together for a holiday film fest from the comfort of your living room or home theater? Since it doesn't require much planning, it's one of the easiest types of gatherings to host, and it's a great way to show off your comfy seating and entertainment center (you can choose one with built-in lighting for added effect). Put on a movie, serve up some novelty popcorn flavors, and you've got a recipe for a good time.

Dine to Entertain

For an affair everyone can get excit-ed about, treat your visitors to a wine tasting party. Furniture with built-in wine bottle storage will make entertaining easy. Whether it's a server, a wine cabinet, a bar or even a table with a built-in wine rack, you'll have the space you need to organize your growing col-lection. Some furniture even offers stemware storage, giving you everything you need at your fingertips.

It might not make sense to buy new furniture for one party, but if you love to entertain, then you'll make use of these pieces time and time again. Trust us—when you put together a fun evening in a comfy setting, your holiday party will very quickly become an annual event that your guests look forward to. Plus, this type of furniture will add comfort and convenience to your everyday life, from evening mealtime to weekend movie marathons.

While your guests are sure to enjoy themselves when you get creative with your party planning, they'll probably be most impressed with how easygoing you are about having food and drinks around your furniture. Because when you opt for our Platinum Protection Plan, you're covered for all kinds of accidents for five years—yes, even if your friend spills a glass of red wine on your new sofa! With that kind of coverage, you can have a truly stress-free holiday party.

To All a Good Night

If your visitors are just stopping by for a few hours, you won't have a problem winning them over with your stunning decorations and entertainment—but you'll really need to up the ante for your overnight guests. When you put your friends or family up for the night, that's when your hosting skills really get put to the test.

Place yourself in your guests' shoes and think about the times you've stayed at someone else's home. We'd bet that one of the biggest factors in whether or not you enjoyed your stay was how you slept. If you've tossed and turned on an uncomfortable pullout couch, then you'll understand if your visitors aren't exactly bursting with enthusiasm at the prospect of spending the night on one. That's only because they haven't slept on your new Raymour & Flanigan sleeper sofa!
Our wide selection of sleeper options includes ultra-comfy memory foam Furniture 101:
A resilient foam that cradles and conforms to your body by responding...
sleeper sofas, a step above the standard innerspring mattresses that come to mind when you think about sofa beds. We also offer stylish American Leather Comfort Sleepers—the gold standard for sleepers—with gel-infused foam mattresses, so your guests will never feel springs or bars. If you already have a sleeper, or you fall in love with a style that's not offered in foam, consider a step-up memory foam mattress to give your holiday guests the gift of a good night's sleep.

Last Minute Miracle

Hosting for the holidays takes plenty of planning and preparation. But no matter how much you try to think ahead, inevitably something will pop up that you didn't anticipate. When your in-laws call you a week before their arrival to tell you they forgot to book a hotel room, you can assure them that it's no problem at all, and you'd be delighted to have them.

Why? Because you know Raymour & Flanigan can guarantee delivery in three days or less on 99% of the items in store. That means you can get that sleeper sofa you've been thinking of buying or finally replace that old mattress in your guest room.

Or maybe you've just been putting off getting new furniture. What better excuse is there than to impress your guests? Consider it your hard-earned gift for being such a great host! Rapid delivery is just another way that Raymour & Flanigan makes entertaining easier.
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