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A Refreshingly Realistic, “Good Enough” Plan for Cleaning Before Hosting Houseguests

As we’re heading into the season of potlucks, cookie exchanges, and cocktail parties, let’s remember that our friends and family are coming over to spend this special time with us, not to judge our homes. Even if we’d like everything to be “perfect,” we only need to tackle a few issues to make our homes welcoming and inviting. So let’s take the pressure of reaching perfection off the table, give our home a quick spruce up, and get excited about the fun of hosting.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017

11 Simple Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

The holiday countdown is ticking away at rapid speed. This time of year can definitely get a bit overwhelming, what with holiday parties, shopping, baking, crafting, and all things festive. If you’re hosting a holiday meal and want to make your table extra-special for your guests but don’t have the time or budget to go all out on an elaborate tablescape, don’t fret. Here are 11 simple last-minute holiday centerpiece ideas that will wow your guests.

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Posted on Dec 5, 2017

The “Lost Art Form” Meghan Markle Says Should Make a Comeback

In a world of overflowing inboxes, communication is often instant, nearly constant, and usually “urgent.” And brief, if we’re lucky, because the daily struggle to get to inbox zero is all too real.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Where to Stack Coats and Bags When You’re Having a Big Party in a Small Space — Small Space Problems

Nothing is more fun during the holiday season than hosting friends and family for a gathering. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a ton of room or even a proper coat closet to store everyone’s stuff?

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Real People, Real Advice: Hosting Overnight Guests in a Small Home

Last week I asked a number of stylish, smart people who happen to live in teeny tiny homes to share their advice for hosting holiday dinners and gatherings . Their tip and lessons were enormously helpful! In this post, I asked them to tackle the subject of overnight guests — something I struggle to deal with in my small-ish one-bedroom apartment. Many of these folks don’t have any bedrooms, but they’ve shared how they make overnight guests (and themselves) comfortable when they’re sharing their home.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

10 Affordable Hostess Gifts (That Aren’t Just a Bottle of Wine)

When it comes to host and hostess gifts, you don’t want to go too flashy—simple, inexpensive, practical, and thoughtful (and preferably edible, drinkable, or used in tandem with food or beverages alcoholic or otherwise) is the way to go. Which is why so many people show up to parties and holiday dinners with a bottle of wine. It’s easy, it doesn’t break the bank, and it can often be used during the celebration.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

6 Things Everyone Forgets to Tell Their House Guests

One of the keys to being a good host? Anticipating your guests’ needs. When friends or family come to stay with you, you make sure they have clean sheets and towels and know where the bathroom and the garbage is — so you’ve got the basic important things covered. But there might be a few things that you’re forgetting to tell them (and for some of them, they might be too embarrassed to ask) that they should definitely know.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Quick & Lovely: Last-Minute Host & Hostess Gifts you can Grab at the Grocery Store

Lets face it: The days and hours leading up to a gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas are usually a little hectic. So if you don’t have time to shop for the perfect gift for your holiday host this year, don’t fret. Here are 20 small gifts that can be picked up at your local supermarket—on the way to the party—for around $20 or less. Plus a few tips to make your gift a little more thoughtful.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Competitive Tablescaping is Real, and it is a Delight to Behold

Humans have competitions for all kinds of strange things: holding beer steins , racing lawn mowers , chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill . But these all seem positively mainstream compared to a competition that is held annually at the L.A. County Fair, where participants attempt to outdo each other in setting the table.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Former Holiday Faux Pas That Are Totally Acceptable in 2017

If you’re new to the hosting game, especially if you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving or another holiday dinner or party, it can be a little scary. You want to have fun, but you also want to make sure everything goes right. And you’re probably worried about following proper etiquette—which can be hard to do when it feels like it’s always changing.

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

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