Why is it that every time we’re having company, even when we know weeks (even months!) in advance, the hours and minutes before they arrive are more chaotic than the birth of our first child? This year, our goal is to be the happy-go-lucky hostess by getting things ready in advance—and then letting go of everything else. That starts with stocking up on the essentials.
Sure, you know you need clean sheets, an extra toothbrush and your WiFi password handy (preferably written on a notecard and left in plain sight). But—as evidenced by our stay at the Gallery Beach House this summer—situations are certain to come up that call for things you’ve forgotten. Think: Bug spray for that last-minute decision to use the firepit or storage bags when your guest offers to make his signature marinated chicken recipe. Here, five of those unexpected items that may come in handy when you’re prepping for company (or frankly, just nice to have any time of year).