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.

Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

set the scene


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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photo by Zara Home

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 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!

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!