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The Goods: Summertime Hostess Essentials


Summer is peak party season. From a close friend's bridal shower to a summer cookout at your place, you're bound to be cast as hostess at least once.

Whether it's your first or millionth time around the party-planning block, we're rounding up the key essentials you need to make your guests think you *didn't* throw the whole thing together in under 30 minutes (no judgement whatsoever). Here, your perfect hostess starter pack.

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1 A beautiful cutting board

The perfect platter for your meticulously arranged charcuterie, this agate cheese board makes a stunning (and delicious) centerpiece. Pro time-saving tip? Prep it hours ahead of time and store in the fridge.

2 Cool glasses
Cost Plus World Market
World Market

A cocktail is only as Insta-worthy as its glass. Help guests keep track of their drinks (and work on their feed #content) with a multi-patterned set of glasses that double as the perfect bar cart accessory once the party's over.

3 A hard-working outfit

One piece and your outfit is done! Dance, serve, socialize, and clean up after the whole thing without worrying about short hemlines or slipping straps. A jumpsuit is always the busy woman's best alternative to a cocktail dress.

4 A polished lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury

If party setup leaves you with approximately three minutes to get ready, swiping on the right lipstick is a quick way to look polished and prepared. Try this iconic shade from Charlotte Tilbury (Pillow Talk)—it's the perfect pinky nude for summer.

5 A portable speaker

Moving things inside on account of summer showers? Noticed the group migrated from the living room to the kitchen? Bring the party (AKA the music) with you easily thanks to a small wireless speaker. It's lightweight enough to hop from room to room, but still packs a nice volume punch.

6 A scent-rich candle

Even if you didn't have the time (or interest) in doing a deep-dive clean, you can create the illusion of the perfect apartment with a wow-factor candle. A pricier buy isn't just for show either: Higher quality ingredients and complex scents can help the aroma linger.

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