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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
Nordstrom
Anthropologie
$78.00

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
$23.96

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
J.Crew
J.Crew
$138.00

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
Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury
$34.00

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
Nordstrom
Bose
$129.00

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
Otherland
$36.00

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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