7. Always have nosh on hand
When in doubt, put food out. It’s a great way to rally everyone and, err, distract them while you take a shower. I always have the ingredients for my go-to platter queued up and ready to go: ramekins of pistachios and almonds; blue cheese and Jarlsberg; dried fruit; Castelvetrano olives; Carr's crackers with cracked pepper; and fig spread. You will look like a goddamned hero when you lay out that gorgeous spread.
While we’re at it, don’t forget to stock your fridge before everyone arrives. Your checklist should include: Coffee grounds for a crowd, half-and-half or cream, and extra coffee filters. Basically just a lot of coffee. Bonus points for eggs, orange juice, and a few packs of thick-cut bacon.
8. Don't skimp on the air fresheners
Look, we don’t all live in palaces with multiple bathrooms, and that often means sharing a toilet. Some advice: Have air fresheners, or at the very least a pack of matches, stashed by the commode. It’ll save your guests embarrassment and your nose an unnecessary olfactory assault.