If you’re single and are interested in signing up as a Wine & Dine Sydney host, you may be interested in learning a few tips and tricks about preparing your home for your guests. After all, you just never know, Mr. or Mrs right may turn up on your doorstep!

1. Put together a variety of background playlists

It’s well worth putting together a few playlists that can serve as background music for your dinner. As an ice breaker you may want to get each of your three friends to create a playlist of their favourite tracks, so that your guests will get to learn a little about your friends’ personalities. If you’re lucky you may even find that you share a favourite track or band, with one of the eligible singles who you’re set to entertain.

2. Make sure that the path is clear from your lounge and dining room, to the bathroom and kitchen

Nothing will kill your chance of romance more than having one of your stunning guests try to find the bathroom, only to have to climb over a laundry basket or a pile of clutter. Worse yet, you don’t want one of your guests to get lost and end up walking into a messy storage room.

3. Light a candle ten minutes before your guests arrive

To ensure that your home smells as sweet as roses, it’s well worth lighting a fragrant candle ten minutes before your first guest is set to arrive. Just ensure to choose a scent that most people will appreciate. If in doubt, you can never go wrong with a citrus or vanilla fragrance. If you are a proud pet owner, you’ll find that candles are also an excellent way to remove pet odor.

4. Make sure that you host your guests in a spacious, open plan area

If you hold your dinner party in a cramped area, your guests are likely to feel a little awkward. After all, who wouldn’t feel uncomfortable if they were forced to touch knees with a stranger, around a dinner table. If your dining room or lounge is on the smaller side, you can create the illusion of space by putting up a large mirror or by taking bulky furniture out of the room for the night.

If you have a large patio or a covered deck, you may want to consider holding a portion of your dinner outdoors. That way, everyone will have plenty of space to move around and socialize. After all the whole point of Wine & Dine Sydney is to mix and mingle, with like minded individuals over gourmet food and wine.

6. Don’t leave it to the last minute to give your home a quick once over

You won’t impress your guests if you greet them with a vacuum cleaner under one arm. So do yourself a favor and do the bulk of your cleaning the day before you’re due to host your dinner party. If you’re a bit of a procrastinator why not recruit your friends, who will join you on the night of your event, to help you out? After all, the state of your home may very well have an effect on their chances of romance.

7. Make sure that your home has adequate lighting

It’s worth changing your light bulbs in advance. If your dining room isn’t bright enough, you may also want to consider lighting candles or borrowing a friend’s lamp to provide a little extra light. After all, you’ll want to clearly see the faces of your potential dates, before giving them your mobile number.

8. Make sure that the front of your home is inviting

First impressions count, so ensure that the front of your home is inviting. Make sure to leave your porch light on, so that your guests know that they’ve arrived at the right house.

9. Consider purchasing a fresh bouquet of flowers

One way to dress up your home is to place a gorgeous, fresh vase of flowers in the foyer of your home. Alternatively, you may want to place your floral arrangement in your lounge.

So there you have it. There’s no reason to get worked up about hosting your first Wine & Dine Sydney event. Just follow the 9 tips listed above and you’ll be prepared in no time!