Guests Are Coming: Take Your Hosting Skills Pro

Whether cousins are crashing or a college friend is coming to town, summertime is sure to be jam-packed with visitors. From fresh flowers to thank-you-for-coming gifts, these expert tips will have overnighters begging for an invite back.

How to Prepare for Guests

  1. Declutter the entryway so friends know right where to drop shoes and purses.
  2. Place a list of must-see sites on the bedside table (next to bottled water and fresh flowers).
  3. As a thank-you-for-coming, leave a small gift – like a scented candle or hand-painted tray – on the bed.
  4. Tape labels on the back of each remote with how-to-use instructions.
  5. Keep towels, toilet paper, and soaps in plain sight so guests don’t have to search.
  6. Preset the coffeemaker so overnighters wake up to a fresh brew.

 
Don’t be stressed by spontaneous visits. The Guest-Ready Home: Inviting Furnishings Boutique opened Thursday, June 5, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 5, 2014

Editors’ Picks: For Stylish Outdoor Dining

Lover of patio soirees? Us, too. But kicking off your stilettos for bare feet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a chic spread. From lighting to crack-proof wineglasses, here’s how to take the party outside with style.

Editor's Picks for Outdoor Dining

Moroccan Lantern
Hang these in the backyard trees for ambiance the neighbors will covet.

Raffia Napkin Rings
Dinner party or buffet – don’t let outdoor dining stop you from setting a stylish tabletop.

Melamine Wineglasses
Crack-proof plastic lets guests sip and socialize on your patio until the wee hours.

Take it to the patio with our Outdoor-Dining Checklist: Barware to Serving Sets Boutique on Tuesday, May 6, at 11AM ET.

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May 6, 2014