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Photography by SHIMIZU YUKO

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.   

Photography by JAMES MERRELL

tidy up

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


set the scene

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

offer drinks

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

Here’s what you’ll need. 

Photography by KIM-BEE MAX

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 salad, prosciutto-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!

Photography by SOPHIE MUNRO

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. 

Photography by DEBORAH JAFFE

bright blooms

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