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Outsmart the Things That Can End Your Party Too Early
Part of being a terrific host, says Stark, is anticipating guests' needs—which, at an outdoor summer party, can mean knowing that they're going to start scratching their ankles and swatting the backs of their necks as soon as the sun goes down. He puts out buckets of mosquito repellents so people can just help themselves. Stark also likes to prepare a basket of blankets or shawls in case partygoers start to feel chilly.
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