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10 ways to prepare your house for a party

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Whether you’re hosting a barbecue on your deck, a Christmas dinner, or a pool party, there are many ways to get your home ready for entertaining friends and family.


Below are some creative ideas from Bunnings Workshop members for inspiration. Let us know if you need a hand replicating any of them. We'd be happy to assist. 


1. Organise your entryway


Think about where you’re going to put extra coats, bags and pair of shoes when your guests arrive. A functional entryway can make a good first impression among your guests.


This easy D.I.Y. hat rack by Workshop member @DIYgals is a great way to keep your entryway tidy.


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You can also check out Workshop member @Starkers_17's industrial-look Jarrah hallway sideboard and shoe rack. An attractive and practical solution that maximises storage space.


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For more creative ideas on how to organise your entryway, don't miss our list of hallway storage solutions.


2. Clean your indoor and outdoor areas


Impress your guests with a home that sparkles.


Workshop member @prettyliving made her pathway look more presentable by cleaning and painting her pavers. A simple refresh that made a huge difference.




In this pool renovation, Workshop member @2Belindas turned a muddy pool into a wonderful outdoor feature that added value to the property.




The Bunnings Workshop community has shared several resources related to cleaning your home. These include:


3. Revamp your living room


Wow your guests with a well-designed living room that showcases your personal sense of style.


Workshop member @Monika1 made their living room more classy and stylish by adding a feature wall using timber panelling and wallpaper.


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Featuring MDF wall panels and green velvet armchairs, Workshop member @littleladyirish’s funky Clover lounge is great for entertaining.


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Check out 3 ways to create a feature wall for more ideas on how to transform a plain wall using moulding, panelling or paint.

4. Get creative with your decoration


Parties are a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity.


You can impress your guests with trendy D.I.Y. accessories, like Workshop member @igarimasingh’s extra large ottoman tray for living room.

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This wall-mounted wine rack by Workshop member @LePallet can also make for a great conversation starter at your next party.

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Visit 10 ways to decorate a wall for more inspiring examples.


5. Create the right ambience with lights


Lights help set the mood at any party and can take your entertainment game to the next level.


Workshop member @tom_builds' backyard covered patio with low-level deck features white LED party lights that work well in his outdoor entertainment area.




For those looking for interior lighting ideas, Workshop member @Adam_W's light disc feature is a groovy addition to any party.


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Check out this guide on how to build a light disc feature for step-by-step instructions on building your own.


6. Enliven your outdoor spaces


Hosting a party is a great excuse to refresh outdoor spaces that you may have been neglecting, including overgrown gardens or dirty backyards. This can create inviting and pleasant views for your guests to enjoy.


Get inspired by Workshop member @marliemakesit, whose small yard makeover turned an unused and dirty space into a garden oasis.


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In their garden bed sideway makeover, Workshop member @Nikkaz transformed a boring and dull sideway by planting Silver Birch trees.

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Check out our list of 10 easy ways to enliven your outdoor space for more ideas on refreshing your backyards and gardens.

7. Get the barbecue ready

Barbecues provide the perfect excuse to throw an outdoor party and have fun with family and friends, especially in warmer weather.


Make your next barbecue party a memorable one by using spray paint to refresh your barbecue, like what Workshop member @moniquecole1990 did.


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You can also take a leaf out of Workshop member @kel's book and build a barbecue bench with cabinet storage and planters



Our list of barbecue stands and bench ideas contains many other inspiring barbecue projects.


To help make your next barbecue party a successful one, here are some handy tips by Workshop member and barbecue connoisseur @MoonshineBen:



8. Build a fire pit area


A fire pit can be a stunning backyard centrepiece, and helps create ambience for your outdoor party.


Workshop member @lcooksey88’s fire pit entertaining area with custom bench seats and screening is a wonderful example of how fire pit areas provide the perfect setting for year-round entertaining.


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This outdoor fire pit area with hanging chairs by Workshop member @cmp3121 is another great place to entertain guests.


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If you're interested in building your own fire pit area, check out these fire pit entertaining areas shared by Bunnings Workshop members.


9. Construct an outdoor kitchen

Elevate your outdoor entertaining game by including an outdoor kitchen. It allows you to cook and socialise during your party, making it a practical space for entertaining your guests.


Built in a weekend, Workshop member @weekenddiyer's outdoor kitchen with Merbau feature wall is a wonderful blend of style and functionality.


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While giving their outdoor kitchen a makeover, Workshop member @jeffjen cleverly repurposed old kitchen cabinets from a previous renovation. A great way to keep costs down.


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Here are some more clever outdoor kitchen ideas for your home.


10. Declutter and re-organise busy areas


Decluttering can help you discard unwanted items, creating extra space for storing essential ones. This can make your home look neater and more presentable, even after your party is over.


While upgrading her daughter's wardrobe, Workshop member @Alyce_Pham created a more organised space by installing hanging rails and storage baskets to keep everything neat and tidy. 


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Workshop member @Nkbarfield built this floating wall feature in their laundry wall along with an industrial hanging clothes rail, making a busy area look spacious and neater.


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There are many other areas in your home where you can shoehorn in extra storage. Here are 5 clever ways to maximise storage in your home.

For more inspiration on creating the perfect entertainment space


Bunnings Workshop community members have shared many other amazing projects that you can use as inspiration when preparing your home for entertaining guests. 

We recommend checking out the following: 



Need more help with preparing your house for a party?

The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with further inspiration and advice for getting your home ready for a party.


Please don’t hesitate to head to hit the Start a discussion button on Workshop and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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Amassing an Audience

That feature wall by @Monica1 is so mint! 😍



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