What do you spend to impress a dinner guest. I don’t mean on food I mean on your home?
Well this was the subject of a survey from homeware-for-less retailer HomeSense which revealed that Brits typically spend £134 refreshing their homes to impress dinner guests.
Oh wow…£134 average!
One in five 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!
Do you go to these extremes?
I have to admit we don’t host many dinner parties (I am not much of a cook to be honest) But on the odd occasion when I do host one I really do pull out all the stops and declutter like mad! And I absolutely always buy flowers. But for me that is probably about it in terms of expense. I think £134 sounds a huge amount to spend- but I do keep a thrifty home.
The research,polled 2,000 men and women from ages 18 to over 60 and gathered some interesting results.They found that the guests that primarily make us want to splash out on our homes are family (26%), friends (22%), love interests (17%) and bosses (7%) Women were surprisingly found to be less concerned with impressing dinner guests than men and 21% more likely to decorate due to day-to-day wear-and-tear than due to visitors.
The HomeSense report also explored other reasons people splash out on their homes, finding that men are twice as likely to redecorate than women, knowing that pictures of their abode will be shared on social media ( by women) this made me laugh! Despite men being more conscious of social media than women when it came to home décor 40% of men admitted that their partners buy the majority of home items with nearly half of male participants accepting help from their mothers and grandmothers.
Take a look at the top 10 items that people purchase when looking to impress a dinner guest.
So what are Brits buying to impress their dinner guests?
Flowers / Pot Plant 33%
Table Cloth 23%
As I suspected flowers top the poll but a new TV? I am flabbergasted.
I would love to know what you do to impress your dinner guests!
Offering homeware at to 60% less than the recommended retail price, HomeSense sources quality and branded products from around the globe, making buying those impressive finishing touches easier on the pocket and still impressive for important guests.