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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

The Modern Holiday Tabletop That Looks Good Any Time of Year — Video from Apartment Therapy

As the holidays quickly approach, getting your dinner table set (and styled) will certainly be on your to-do list. If you’re looking for a fresh twist on a time-old tradition, look no further. Sarah Ashley Schiear, of Salt House , shares her simple tips on decorating your tabletop from fork to plate — and more. And best of all? It’s affordable…sleek…and can be used any time and any season. (So no need to buy all new things you’ll only use once or twice a year).

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Real People, Real Advice: Hosting Gatherings in a Small Home

For many small space dwellers, the thought of entertaining over the holidays — inviting friends and family into a teeny amount of square feet — is plain daunting. Don’t let the challenge of hosting in a small home get in the way of your dinner party dreams this holiday season, though. Not only is entertaining in a small space possible, it can be downright pleasant! And these real small-space dwellers share their tips, advice, and lessons learned.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Here’s the Perfect Game For The Wes Anderson Obsessed

If you’re looking to add some joie de vivre and competitive spirit to your Friendsgiving in a way that says, “I like movies,” look no further than this Wes Anderson card game . This whimsical set features the quirky characters each of the writer and director’s cult classics.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2017

Easy Thanksgiving Decorations to Make from Things Around the House

You don’t have to break the bank or the clock to make your place festive for Thanksgiving. These decorations are all made from things you probably have in or around your home. They’re simple, pretty, and don’t require much energy—just the right kind of DIYs for this time of year.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2017

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