By Domino Staff

Published on January 19, 2015

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It's all about keeping your cool and hosting with grace. Yep, even when you're caught off guard. Here's how to make it happen with ease.   

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tidy up

Make it a habit to have your space a 15-minute-cleaning-spree-away from being entertaining-ready.

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set the scene

Light a scented candle to instantly refresh any lingering odors, or to lighten up the ambience.

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offer drinks

Keep the bar stocked with essentials such as sparkling water, limes, and your favorite spirits.

Here's what you'll need. 

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food for thought

Do a quick fridge and pantry raid for bite-sized treats you can whip together in no time. We're thinking; an heirloom tomato saladprosciutto-wrapped figs stuffed with mozzarella, or this delicious guacamole that won't disappoint.  

If all else fails, remember – you can't go wrong with a cheese plate!

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set the bed

Keep a clean set of sheets at hand, in case the visit turns into an overnight one. An extra throw is a must for chilly nights.

10 things every guest room needs. 

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bright blooms

Snap some flowers from the garden, for the perfect last-minute touch!