Stressed about the crowd coming over to celebrate the holidays with you? Try these tips next time you’re the host to make things run a little smoother.

By Sydney Hershman
December 14, 2016
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If you’re worried about being short on seating, consider investing in some stackable stools. They will provide a comfortable perch for guests, but will not take up too much storage space when not in use.To buy: $67 for four, amazon.com.
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Linon Home Stool

If you’re worried about being short on seating, consider investing in some stackable stools. They will provide a comfortable perch for guests, but will not take up too much storage space when not in use.

To buy: $67 for four, amazon.com.

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Cheeky Party Pack

Invest in some festive and disposable dishware to make cleanup a breeze post-meal.

To buy: $3 for 60, target.com.

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Reusable Storage Bags

Have food storage options easily accessible in your kitchen to stash any excess from your party. These malleable storage bags can be tossed into the dishwasher after you finish enjoying your leftovers.

To buy: $29 for two, food52.com.

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Capri Blue Votives

Small votive candles offer big impact by adding ambiance and making the room smell great. Just be sure to keep them away from where you set out the food (if there is any) because scented candles can impact people’s appetite.

To buy: $18 for six, anthropologie.com.

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Vine Floral Boutis Tablecloth

Protect your table from spills by using a festive tablecloth as a cover. But, if your guest does accidentally pour red wine on the table, use our video to learn how to get it out.

To buy: $50, williams-sonoma.com.

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Portland Serve Bowl

Serve food buffet style so you don’t have to worry about plating the meal or doling out exact portions. Guests can dish out salad, pasta, or vegetables from this big bowl that will serve you year round.

To buy: $59, potterybarn.com.