It’s no secret: Hosting isn’t always easy. “With everyone home during the summertime, my mission is to find ways to make hosting easier on myself,” says Jenny, who suggests creating a one-stop-bar-cart-shop filled with snacks, drinks and other party necessities that guests can grab.
Feeling ambitious? Theme-up your bar cart up! Above, Jenny created a s’mores bar, perfect for a backyard camp out with kids or a neighborhood bonfire.
Don't rush out to buy new furniture if your guest bedroom is missing a few pieces — just improvise. Designer Erinn Valencich brought in a weathered garden step to serve as a bedside table. Its rustic patina adds charm while the steps create display space.
For a meal that already requires days of prep, serving food buffet-style is a surefire way to lighten the load on the hostess. And on a holiday that's as food-centric as Thanksgiving, there's no better way to give guests the freedom to come back for a second (and third!) helping of their favorite dishes. I set up my buffet on a vintage wood sideboard. This is a great time to get creative and think about repurposing furniture from other parts of the house — an old dresser, desk or even a wood door propped up on sawhorses would make a perfect buffet.
If you’re driving somewhere with the kids, Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks, recommends organizing your essentials in a wine bottle tote. Not only are these totes already compartmentalized, but the compartments are deep, offering plenty of space to store items like snacks, toys, napkins and sippy cups.
Bling out an existing or repurposed light fixture by adding crystal garland and gorgeous glass droplets to get the look of a crystal chandelier without the cost. You also could repurpose crystals from another fixture.