Being the Hostess with the Mostess

Having house guests to stay can seem intimidating if you are not used to it but after a recent bout of unexpected visits from relatives and old friends, we feel confident we have come up with the perfect formula for providing 5 star service without losing your mind!

1. Make the bed

People need somewhere to sleep, so first thing’s first, make the bed. There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting into a crisply made bed, use freshly washed sheets (that match) for the best impressions. Open windows wide to let in fresh air before finding temporary homes for the detritus and debris that tends to accumulate in spare rooms; the box the TV came in, half finished projects and that bag of clothes that you were planning on donating to the charity shop. A quick dust down of the surfaces and the addition of vase of fresh flowers from Bloom Magic will go a long way to creating a warm and cozy feel. If your guests will be slumbering on a fold out sofa-style bed, absolutely unfold it before they get there, the amount of crumbs, dust and goodness knows what else that accumulates in the folds and creases of those things is disturbing and will certainly require a vacuum cleaner.

2. Bathroom

The bathroom should be next on your hit list, it is the one room in the house that your guests are guaranteed to make multiple visits to. If time is short spend your efforts here. Stock your water closet with the trinity of toiletry T’s: Towels, toilet paper and toothpaste. Speaking of toilets, give the toilet bowl a good scrub and don’t forget about the underside of the seat. Remove rouge hair from plug holes, add a candle and you are on your way to hosting success.

3. Feeding Time

No one likes a hangry house guest, if you do get advance notice of house guest, find out food allergies or preferences so you can stock your cupboard appropriately. Planning what meals you will be making in advance can go a long way to reducing stress once your guests have arrived. A basic meal plan will make the pre-arrival food shopping much easier too. If cooking s not really your thing gather together menus from local restaurants and takeaway places so you can easily browse the options with your guests.

4.Find out what’s going on

Check local event calendars for happenings while your guests are here. Artist showcases, live music and local museums will give your guests a feel for your city and an insight into your life (especially popular, it seems, if it is relatives who have come to say). Having suggestions for activities and ways to get out and about, takes the pressure off you to be the only source of entertainment during the visit. Showing visitors around is a great opportunity to play tourist for the day and see all that your area has to offer.

Follow these steps and you’ll have no problem looking after your guests! A huge benefit of having people stay with you rather than at a hotel is the opportunity to spend quality time together in a much more relaxed setting, so go ahead, crack open some drinks and enjoy catching up with one another.

Music Education in London

If you truly love music you might be really passionate and interested in gaining a job in the music industry. So first off you need to figure out what way you want to be involved in the industry, is it being on stage producing the music yourself? or in the back managing the levels? or perhaps you’re interested in promoting the events themselves or want to manage an artist? There’s quite a few different jobs in the music biz and just because you love music doesn’t mean that every music career will be the job of your dreams.

 Promoter

If you love music, promoting might be the job for you. Its fast paced, exciting, tonnes of hard work but you’ll get to be involved up front and close with live shows and the crowds!

Agent

If promoting the shows isn’t for you, becoming an agent who works with lots of different promoters might be down your alley. You’ll piece together an entire tour. Being an agent means you need good organization skills, attention, ambition and more! but the rewards are pretty lucrative.

Manager

A manager will take care of the business side of things for the musicians. He lets the artist focus on their music while he sorts out all the other ins and outs. Managers are the face of the musicians when it comes to the industry and this, as you can imagine, will bring a LOT of responsibility.

Radio PR/Plugger

Getting involved in radio is fun and exciting. Being a successful radio promoter means you’ll be doing a lot of schmoozing and building up your contact list.

Cover Art Designer

Not just album art but facebook banners, website graphics, album art and more! Good artwork can make everything that little bit more special and professional. Artwork is a massive role in music realises so having a decent designer is a great addition to any team.

 Music Journalist

Reviews, interviews, commentary, blogging on music and pop culture.. these guys help shape the industry and you get a lot of perks for it. VIP treatment, guest lists, chatting to famous people and more!

Producer

Producers make the actual music. No words needed, these guys make things work!

Music Teacher

Music teachers can work in schools or give private lessons. If you’re passionate about music this might be the job for you. This brings you a normal paced, steady, stable life too.

If you’re looking to get involved in the industry more you should check out Notting Hill Academy of Music and see how they can help you get ready for the industry.