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22 Things Every Lazy Party Host Needs

Free up your time for revelry and to maybe actually eat your own damn food.

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1. Greet guests by filling an eye-catching vase with grocery-store flowers you picked up on your party shopping haul.

No one worth inviting to your party is going to examine your flowers that closely.

Get it from ModCloth for $17.99.

2. Clean your toilet and light a super-fragrant candle to make your not-that-clean bathroom smell like you gave it a scrubdown.

The nose thinks it knows.

Get it from Amazon for $8.20.

3. Skip decorations and criss-cross globe string lights across your ceiling to add some mood lighting.

Can you feel the light tonight?

Get a 25-ft. string with 25 globes from Amazon for $18.95.

4. Hang guests' coats on your shower rod to keep them wrinkle-free. And use it as an excuse to finally invest in some nice wood hangers.

So no one can hang out in your bedroom to avoid the party.

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $23.87.

5. Serve cheese on a marble lazy Susan that makes the spread look pricey. And use dental floss to neatly slice your cheese.

AKA your new nickname after this dinner party.

Get it from World Market for $14.99.

6. Buy as many apps as possible, like fruity trail mix and pimento-stuffed olives. Concentrate on making dishes for your meal instead.

Or maybe they'll call you Drunk Barefoot Contessa.

Get them from Target. $8.99 (trail mix), $1.57 (olives)

7. Whip up hot dishes ahead of time and keep them toasty in a chalkboard slow cooker for better ID-ing.

Hotter than anything you'll swipe on dating apps.

Get the 6-quart model from Amazon for $22.99.

8. Don these skeleton heat-resistant gloves for easier oven handling because nothing screams DANGER HOT PLATE like bones.

Taking the bare-bones approach to hosting.

Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

9. Use a set of modern trivets that double as conversation pieces to protect everyday surfaces from hot plates.

Stack 'em when not in use as an objet d'art.

Get the set from CB2 for $14.95.

10. Free up freezer space by buying a huge bag of ice and keeping it in a collapsible cooler for making drinks.

This bad boy can hold 24 cans of beer. Just like your college roommate insisted he could. (He was wrong.)

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

11. Chill a boozy concoction and water (and label accordingly) in twin beverage dispensers.

What's on tap?

Get the set from Amazon for $36.95.

12. Set up a self-serve chilled wine station in a large galvanized tub.

First you wine 'em, then you dine 'em.

Get it from Amazon for $35.58.

13. Slip your hot-mess friends these unbreakable wine glasses that are also dishwasher-safe.

Just maybe discourage the glass-squeezing contest.

Get a 4-set from Amazon for $18.98.

14. Let guests scribble their names on plain paper drink coasters as cheap-AF drink IDs.

And use this party's leftovers for your next rager.

Get the 50-pack from Amazon for $9.88.

15. Roll out some kraft paper as a customizable tablecloth you can toss later.

Use it to mark dishes and even place settings!

Get a 36" x 100' roll from Amazon for $14.24.

16. Make cleanup easier with festive disposable plates built for your weighty seven-layer dip recipe.

Give guests something else to talk about than what's ON their plates.

Get a 60-pack from Target for $2.99.

17. Or feel better with these compostable palm-leaf plates that will look bangin' with your plated feast.

They're even mircrowave-safe! Not that you'll have any leftovers....

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $21.50.

18. Corral dinner rolls, fruit, bottles of condiments, straws, and everything else your guests could need in a three-tier stand as a centerpiece so you won't have to get up during the meal.

Sturdy and easy to handle, which is the title of your future memoir.

Get it from Ballard Designs for $59.

19. Cut down on dirty dishes by using your cutting board as a serving dish for the table.

The copper-marble combo is going to be a #1 stunna on your Insta feed.

Get it from World Market for $14.99.

20. Keep a set of salt and pepper mills on the table so guests won't feel awkward about asking for extra flavoring.

Don't get too salty with your guests.

Get the set from Amazon for $9.99.

21. Plop a simple, but pretty paper-towel holder on the table to help sop up the inevitable spills because if your party is decent, guests are def going to be feelin' themselves by now.

You'll be glad you did.

Get it from CB2 for $19.95.

22. And use this toast cheatsheet from the Kate Spade New York book All in Good Taste for any big "cheers" moments.

Filled with lots of other entertaining tidbits perfect for lazy people.

Get it from Kate Spade New York for $28.

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