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Quite simply, throwing the perfect dinner party is an art that’s not easily mastered. While entertaining at home can be a daunting task, it’s much easier when your home is designed to host friends and family.

When it’s your turn to entertain the gang, these five home features will keep things running smoothly from hors d’oeuvres to desserts.

Mood Lighting

After the sun goes down, lighting sets the tone for the evening. A room that’s thoughtfully designed with well-placed lamps and light fixtures helps to create an ambient atmosphere that’s warm and inviting. Going a step further, smart lighting systems, like Philips Hue, give you the control to customize the lighting with adjusted levels of color so that you can set the mood for any occasion.

Entertainment System

From background music during game night to a big screen for your Oscars party, a state-of-the-art entertainment system is your best friend when playing host. For those last-minute get-togethers, all you have to do is take control on your smartphone and the house is ready to go.

Open Floorplan

Pay attention to the layout and how it lends itself to entertaining. From gathering around the island while you put the finishing touches on dinner to a cozy seating area where you can settle into the evening with a cocktail, an open floorplan that freely flows between the kitchen, living and dining spaces allows for easy entertaining.

Home Bar

A home bar to showcase your collection of spirits is the perfect way to impress guests while serving up their favorite craft cocktails. Once you’ve brushed up on your mixology skills, all you have to do is keep the bar well stocked.

Motor Court

The last thing you want to deal with when friends are coming over is a disastrous parking situation. Having a motor court blends stately curb appeal with functionality, as it allows guests to easily come and go as they please without blocking anyone in.

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