Happy guest, happy host!
Creating a great atmosphere when entertaining can be a challenge. Did you know that something as simple as fragrance could be an easy way to create a great first impression for your guests?
What most people don’t know is that the fragrances and smells you create in your home are mood altering. For instance, almost 50% of Brits said that the smell of home baking can significantly lift their mood*. Which begs the question, why aren’t more of us hitting the baking trays in preparation for a party – not only will your mood be lifted but it will help your guests lighten up too whilst providing well needed snacks.
And here’s some more guidance, almost 1 in 5 people surveyed said that the smell of vanilla cupcakes in particular helped to raise their spirits. So we’ve included a quick and easy cupcake recipe below ready for your next get together.
Even if baking isn’t quite your thing, there are other ambience lifting alternatives your guests can benefit from. A staggering 46% of the British public said that freshly cut grass alters their mood. Now we’re officially in Spring, mowing the lawn will tick off a chore and boost your guests’ mood from garden gate to front door! Another option to create an ambient atmosphere all year round is to use Ambi Pur Febreze plug-in air freshener in Vanilla near the front door and hallways so guests are welcomed with a proven favourite scent.
And if you don’t have a lawn – turn to coffee. Make a fresh pot of strong coffee before your guests arrive and you could notice a difference - a third of Brits admit the smell of strong coffee can really lift their mood.
Try all three; baking, mowing the lawn, brewing the coffee or plug in your favourite Febreze air freshener and you could end up throwing the party of the year!
Simple vanilla cupcake recipe
- 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
- 110g/4oz caster sugar
- 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 110g/4oz self-raising flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
Four Easy Steps:
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
* Research from Ambi Pur surveyed 2,000 people. Conducted by One Poll January 2013.