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For some, the word "entertaining" can be an arrow straight through the heart. Absolutely terrifying. Guests to corral, dishes to prep, tidying the apartment — it's a big anxiety basket. But, the reality? The lofty standards we set for ourselves are always higher than our friends' expectations. They just want to hang, eat a few bread and butter pickles, drink a glass of pinot grigio, and listen to the sweet sounds of Joss Stone on vinyl. Least, that's what we want to do.
Everyone (even those who loathe hosting) should have a few party tricks up the sleeve. So, we turned to 10 R29 editors for the essentials they use to wow (with minimal effort). The main takeaway: Keep it simple. Buy a statement piece whether a bright pitcher, gold-rimmed dishware, or funky cork vases that will make you excited to have guests over. Trade in that fear for the interesting essentials ahead.
Designed by Madelyn Somers.