So you had a baby this past year, and you’re finally ready to start hosting friends in your home like old times. But wait, you’re once pristine, shall I say Instagram-worthy home is now filled with baby toys and gear, and no they aren’t the neutral color palette you swore you’d only ever buy. Sound familiar? This was me too. But fear not Mamas, take it from this mom of two littles; I have three tips on how you can once again be the ultimate host this summer while effortlessly maintaining your style and sanity!
3 Tips for Hosting Guests This Summer
Tip #1: This High Chair Will Impress Your Guests (And Your Baby)
If your baby is over 4 months old, it’s time to buy yourself a high chair and baby tableware that doesn’t sacrifice form for function. Enter the Lalo High Chair and First Bites Kit. The modern Lalo High Chair not only will seamlessly fit within your home's aesthetic but provides a comfy spot for your little one to partake in the dinnertime fun. It boasts easy-to-clean features like a smooth seat with no cracks or crevices for crumbs to get stuck in, wipeable straps and dishwasher-safe tray. I get so many questions about this high chair and can't recommend it enough.
And let's not forget about the tableware by Lalo, including THE BEST silicone bib you'll find on the market… what makes it so different? Its super thin, flexible, lightweight and easy to travel with. Other popular silicone bib brands are thick and bulky. Trust me on this purchase. The First Bites Kit which includes dishwasher friendly silicone bibs, spoons (also my favorite I've tried), plate, bowl and straw cup, is my go-to gift for all my pregnant friends. I love the quality, colors, and the simplicity of everything you need to start solids in one kit.
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Tip #2: Organize Your Baby Stuff to Make Marie Kondo Proud
You're a powerhouse, and your home should reflect that, even with a baby in tow. I get it, the struggle to keep your space organized amidst the avalanche of toys is real. So invest in stylish storage solutions that blend seamlessly with your decor, allowing you to maintain your impeccable sense of style. From rattan woven baskets to sleek shelving units filled with organized, labeled bins, there's storage options to hide away all the things. And if you're tight on space, try looking up! We hung baskets on the wall and it looks 👌 With a designated spot for toys and other baby essentials, your home will exude sophistication and order, proving that having kids hasn't overrun your life or style.
Tip #3: Simplify Your Menu with Meal Prep, One Pan Entrees and Elegant, Easy Desserts
The witching hour… oh that stretch of time that always falls during dinner before bedtime, makes it hard to do anything without full attention on your baby. So do yourself a favor and prep everything for your dinner party ahead of time.
Want to serve a fun fancy cocktail? Great! Batch it during the day and stick it in the fridge. Dreaming of a beautiful cheese and charcuterie board? Skip it and opt for some easy to throw in the oven appetizers like the goat cheese stuffed fried olives or truffle almonds from Trader Joes. Next, head over to Half Baked Harvest and search for sheet pan or one skillet entrees guaranteeing fewer dishes to clean. For dessert? Grab some berries, frozen whipped cream and drizzle with a thick fig balsamic for an elegant and easy finisher to a lovely evening.
And perhaps the most important tip of all, don't strive for perfection, strive for low stress and fun! You've got this Mama!