9 Must-Have Items For the Gal Hosting Her First Holiday Party
It's a big life milestone when you finally have an apartment with enough room to host, especially as the holidays roll into town. If a dining room table is part of your decor and you're ready to take on hosting a holiday dinner for the first time, we're here to help. Seriously up your "adulting" game this holiday season with all of the essential products you need to make sure your first fête goes off without a hitch. So don't be afraid to dip your toes in the hostess waters for the very first time — who knows, maybe this is just the beginning of your hosting journey!
A Clean Home
Before you even think about opening the door to your first guest, it's imperative that you give your floors a once-over with a wet mopping cloth. Hosting in a home that hasn't been cleaned is a serious no-no. Grab your mopping tool and use these Clorox® Scentiva® Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths ($8) to disinfect, pick up dirt and hair, and give your house a radiant Tuscan Lavender & Jasmine scent that welcomes friends and family to your home in style. If lavender isn't your jam, try out the Pacific Breeze & Coconut or Fresh Brazilian Blossoms scents.
A Solid Cookwear Set
Every woman living on her own needs a really good cookwear set ($140). It's possibly the best investment you'll ever make, trust us. Plus, having several differently sized pots and pans is essential when cooking for multiple people.
At Least One Nice Serving Platter
Even if everything else comes out in whatever bowl you have on hand, having one nice platter for the main course gives your table the upgrade it needs. Use something like this midcentury-inspired set ($40) that will go with any type of decor.
Biodegradable Disposable Plates
If you don't have a dishwasher (and even if you do), you'll be so glad you opted for disposable plates at the end of the night. These bamboo babes ($22) are biodegradable and eco-friendly — plus, they look great on any rustic tablescape.
Speakers to Keep the Tunes Flowing
Nothing is worse than parties with no background music. Make sure your get-together never has an awkward lull — Bluetooth speakers ($40) are all you need to keep the jams pumpin' all night long.