A little clutter here, some mismatched dishes there — those minimal messes are no big deal when it's just you hanging out in your humble abode. After all, does anyone care (or need to know) that you're still using random coffee mugs from your college days?
But, when you've got friends and family en route for a holiday visit — and you're playing hostess for the first time — you want your pad to look as prepped and polished as possible. And that means making sure you have all the entertaining must-haves and a clean, clutter-free space. Take a peek at these 8 buy-now pieces that will make your home feel festive and fun — and maybe even nab you the hosting honors for next year, too!