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Your Party Toolkit: 6 Must-Have Items for Effortless Hosting

Love to host but hate to plan? We relate. Let's make it easy on you. We've done the research and found six items that are absolute must-haves if you host regularly. Sure, there are plenty of other tools and tricks to indulge in, but these six will cover the necessities for almost any type of hosting. Ready? Here we go.

  1. A Wooden Board: The humble wooden board is the MVP of hosting. Sure, it may not look like much, but think of the possibilities. Anything looks better when laid out on a wooden board. Napkins and silverware? Check. Charcuterie? Obviously. Add-ons for drinks or desserts? Without question. A carving station for your main-dish meat? Absolutely. A wooden board adds personality to your food or drink spread, is easy to set up, clean, and store, and has a million and one uses both during your event and after.

  1. Buckets and Tubs: If you host often the last thing you want to do is get roped into playing bartender. That's why it's a great idea to have a couple of buckets or tubs on hand. Fill them up with ice, nestle cans of your guests' favorite drinks in there, and you're good to go. Tubs look great both inside and outside, they're easy to store, and they're useful even when you're not hosting. 

  1. Unbreakable Cups: There's no substitute for a set of unbreakable glasses if you host regularly. Not only will you stop wasting money on disposable cups (not to mention the waste), you'll never have to worry about shards of glass on your floor when someone inevitably knocks over their wine. Unbreakable glasses look great, hold up to constant use, and are easy to clean. 

  1. Serving Plates: Serving food to lots of hungry people? Got to have something to serve it on. Of course you have your trusty wooden board, but you'll need a few more platters on top of that. You can go in a couple of different directions for this one. On one hand you could find a few simple white options that blend in with any decor or theme. On the other hand you could pull out some quirky and colorful platters that reflect your personality and taste. Whatever you choose, load them up right and everyone will be happy.

  1. Folding Table and Chairs: Unless you have a sixteen person dining table it's likely you'll need a little extra horizontal space for your event. Folding tables and chairs are easy to pull out for when your guests need them, and just as easy to tuck away once the fun is all over.

  1. Cleaning Caddy: If you like hosting, it's essential to learn how to speed-clean. A well stocked cleaning caddy will help you take your space from "lived-in" to "guest-ready" in the shortest time possible. Keep all your essentials in one place, pull it out before your guests arrive, and you'll be perfectly polished before you know it.

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