Guys, We've Got 5 Essential Party Tips You Need to Know About

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With football season in full swing, it’s time for all you dudes to up your game on the hosting front. That means stocking up on a few key essentials to have on hand to make sure impromptu get-togethers with your boys go off without a hitch. And nope: paper plates and red plastic cups aren’t going to cut it.

Entertaining Essentials for Guys

Entertaining Essentials for Guys

Discover hosting suggestions that will help you become the party planning superstar we know you’re meant to be.

Photo by: Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn | Graphic: Erica Reitman

Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn | Graphic: Erica Reitman

Here are some basic hosting tips that will help you become the party-planning superstar we know you're meant to be.

Extra Seating

Chairs to Spare

Chairs to Spare

Extra seating is a party essential. These cute folding chairs help accommodate everyone while adding color to the space. And when the blowout is over, just collapse and store until your next event.

When your sofa is at maximum seating capacity, you need some additional options for your guests. Make sure you have some extra seating on hand, and always keep spare folding chairs around. If you’re feeling super creative, you can even paint your chairs your favorite team colors or bucket.

Our Product Pick: Here’s a great neutral folding chair that will work either inside or out.

Help-Yourself Snacks

Snack Baskets

Snack Baskets

Keep your sweets on display with rustic buckets packed with brown paper bags filled with favorites like popcorn, pretzels and chocolate candies. Once the party heads inside the stadium, each brown bag can be brought in rather than having to traipse up stairs with the entire bucket.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Grab-and-go snacks are a great way to make sure your guests are able to help themselves anytime they’re hit with the munchies. Purchase a bunch of different candy and chips options, then pop them in a handy basket.

Our Product Pick: Seagrass baskets work with any decor scheme and have plenty of options when it comes to size.

Quick + Easy Appetizers

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Every good barbeque requires the perfect cheeseburger, and these flavorful bacon and ranch Cajun baby cheeseburgers are perfect outdoor party fare. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a delicious burger and still have room for dessert.

For those of you who already know your way around the kitchen (or grill!), some easy prepare-ahead appetizer options will up your hosting cred like nothing else. Sliders are always a crowd pleaser and allow you to get creative with your toppings. Cheese? Bacon? Ranch dressing? Yes, yes and yes.

Signature Drinks

Moscow Mule Cocktail

Moscow Mule Cocktail

Of course everyone loves a beer, but why not get creative and offer your buds a signature drink. Moscow Mules are a great fall choice and are super easy to make: vodka, ginger ale, ice, lime and you're done! Add a sprig of mint if you want to get super-duper fancy.

Our Product Pick: Copper Moscow Mule mugs are a must for this signature drink.

Make Your Space Comfy

Blue flannel blanket

Blue flannel blanket

One of the easiest ways to up your decor game and make sure your space is comfy is by adding a few pillows or a throw to your sofa. If you're not sure what types of pillows or throws to add, use the solid/pattern rule: if you choose a pillow with a pattern, choose a solid throw, or if you choose a patterned throw, choose a solid pillow.

Our Product Pick: A wool or cashmere throw is a classic that never goes out of style.

Step Into This Sophisticated NYC Bachelor Pad

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Clean Contemporary Living Room With Track Lighting

Designers Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABLstudio aimed for a masculine living room that emphasized clean lines and maximized space for entertaining. They hit the mark with this mixed-use living space featuring contemporary furnishings and versatile track lighting.

Open Living Space With Warm Parquet Flooring

Wire chairs and a glass-top dining table are contemporary counterpoints to this open living room's parquet flooring.

Plush & Comfy Sectional

Layered textures define the easygoing seating area. A velvety sectional is topped with an assortment of throw pillows, while a thickly woven area rug anchors the space.

Photo By: Matthew Williams

Stacks of Vintage Magazines

The collection of vintage Esquire magazines which inspired the design add personality to the living room and reflect the vibrant reading tastes of the homeowner.

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One Room, Two Spaces

The custom shelving unit delineates the dining room from the living room while providing storage space on both ends. Pale gray walls are offset by warm and lively accents across the room – a coral armchair, an electric fireplace and a potted fern – creating a cozy and eclectic whole.

Contemporary Built-In Wine Rack

A custom built-in provides ample storage in the open dining room and sets the stage for entertaining. We love how the piece integrates storage for both wine bottles and glasses in a simplistic fashion.

Hand-Painted Ceiling Detail

The hand-painted ceiling in the foyer mimics the geometric design of the custom shelving unit in the living room. The two-toned copper pendant adds a sense of warmth to the cool gray space.

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Shades of Gray in Contemporary Bedroom

Gray is the color of choice for the bedroom. The varying shades lend an edgy and uncomplicated look. A red throw pillow adds a contemporary splash of color to the tone-on-tone bedding.

Cozy Contemporary Bedroom With Brown Accent Wall

The bedroom is cozy and inviting thanks to a rich brown accent wall and upholstered headboard. Sculptural lamps and a neon wall hanging keep the look decidedly cool and contemporary.

Comforting Textiles

An unadorned dresser keeps a low profile at the foot of the bed and makes room for a mounted flat-screen. Below, a knobbly area rug anchors the space, while sheer window panels soften the bright windows.

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Arrow Wall Decor

Painted metal arrows add both interest and functionality to the hallway.

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Rustic Bench & Haunting Artwork

Rugged accents help to balance the plush textures in the living room. Beyond the seating area, a rustic leather bench is paired with a hauntingly beautiful piece of artwork.

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