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Sail Through Special Occasions With a Ready, Gracious Home
Smile serenely in the face of impromptu parties, unexpected guests and last-minute gift giving with these ideas for preparing now
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It's easy (and not very pleasant) to get caught unprepared when guests stop by, or to have nothing to bring to a wedding or housewarming. But with a little extra effort now, you can sail through all of your spring and summer occasions with ease.
From cleaning shortcuts and long-lasting flower arrangements to ideas for stocking the perfect gift cupboard, these 13 tips will help get you prepared for throwing parties, giving gifts, writing thank-you notes, hosting unexpected guests and more.
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by Tres McKinney Design
1. Make an easy-clean entry with ample storage. A chest of drawers or storage bench in the entry makes last-second tidying up simple. In a smaller space, try stashing stuff in lidded boxes beneath a slim console table or in French market baskets hung on hooks.
Make a habit of keeping the surface of your storage piece clear, aside from fresh flowers or a blooming orchid, stowing everything else in the drawers beneath — that way it will always look fresh when guests pop by.