Quick Tips for Easy Entertaining

Quick Tips for Easy Entertaining

In today's video I give you a little entertaining cheat sheet with a few ideas of key pieces and indispensable items to have on hand at home to make having people over easy and stress-free.

Having guests, friends and family over to your nest should be fun and enjoyable and doesn't need to be panic-attack-inducing. The most important thing is to be in the moment and enjoy your company, instead of fretting over how clean your house is or what you are going to serve.

More great ideas after the jump...

Once you have your cake stands & serving pieces, vintage linen napkins, tea lights with votives and music all ready, here are a few more tips to make this a breeze for you.

Vintage napkins

When the thought hits of having people come by for drinks after work, you think 'when will I turbo scrub my entire home?' Well, you might not. If that's the case, no worries, focus on 3 key spots.

#1- The entryway. It's the first thing people see, so keep it clean, clutter-free, and easy to figure out where guests can put their coats, boots and bags. I love this reused tray filled with gravel as a boot bank.

Boot tray, entry way

#2- The restroom is a place often overlooked by the host, but always seen and inspected carefully by guests. Keep it clean and add a couple of tea lights and a vintage linen hand towel.

Keeping the bathroom guest-ready

#3-The hang-out space - be it the living room or the kitchen - the room where guests congregate and spend time should be given a good once-over. De-clutter and give the pillows a good fluff and you are ready to relax with your pals.

A tidy place to hang out.

Here are two Decor It Yourself videos to watch to make your own 3-tiered serving tray and to make your own napkins and table settings. Take it to the next level by embroidering your family initial and enjoy your fall entertaining!

Embroider your initials on your cozies for a custom look

If you have any tips please share them in a comment!

See more Get Nested episodes at Curbly.com/GetNested

(Photo credits: Wendy Hickock, African Kelli, Martha Stewart, Imogen Brown for the shoot of my home for Time Out New York, me, and lastly, Coco Cozy)


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Dalestreet on Oct 24, 2010:

Good advices! Thanks a lot"

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