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!


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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:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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