So, what happens when visitors drop by unexpectedly? And it’s one of those situations where you haven’t had any time to put any thought into entertaining guests, but you still want them to feel welcome? Easy! Offer them a beverage and something little to nibble on and they’ll feel right at home. Of course, we want to serve things up in a fuss-free, but pretty way, too, so I keep a small arsenal of must-haves at the ready to entertain guests and visitors on the fly. Ready to arm yourself for those unannounced drop-ins? Here are 8 essentials for any hostess!
Cool Paper Straws 1 of 8I always keep paper straws on hand. They're my go-to entertaining staple and I also love them for everyday. They make even tall glasses of ice water look fancy and fun!
Get some at Shop Sweet Lulu.
Good Wine 2 of 8I love being able to offer guests a glass of wine when they arrive - even if unexpectedly! Williams-Sonoma has a great wine club where you can quickly and affordably stock up on great wine without being an aficionado.
Stock up at Williams-Sonoma.
A Cake Stand 3 of 8I love cake stands for far more than just cake! They instantly dress up even cookies or pastries when guests swing by unannounced for coffee.
Shop at Fishs Eddy.
Frosty Mugs 4 of 8Frosty mugs are a must-have in my freezer. They'll always be handy and ready to go to offer friends an icy cold beverage without any pre-planning.
Shop at Crate & Barrel.
A Pretty Cutting Board 5 of 8A pretty wooden cutting board easily doubles as a gorgeous serving piece! Load it up with crackers and cheese for instant appetizers on the fly.
Shop at Terrain.
An All Purpose Pitcher 6 of 8Keep a simple glass pitcher at the ready for tending to guests. Fill it up with lemonade, margaritas or even ice water!
Shop at Crate & Barrel.
Cute Takeout Containers 7 of 8I love keeping a stash of cute takeout containers. They're perfect for sending friends home with leftovers, or for packing your lunch!
Shop at Garnish.
Pretty Mugs 8 of 8A stash of mugs is essential for being able to whip up a pot of coffee at a moment's notice. When in doubt, offer guests a cup of coffee or tea and they'll feel welcome!
Shop at Anthropologie.
More on The New Home Ec:
10 Favorite Party Trends of 2012
12 Pretty Ideas for Easy Entertaining
Hanging Around: 12 Garlands to Craft
10 Backyard Campout Crafts
10 Ways to Use Festive Crafts Everyday
10 unique birthday party ideas for guys