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Would you believe us if we told you it really is possible to impress your guests without blowing all your money? With just these few simple tricks up your sleeve, you won’t need to splurge on a huge TV to make an impression.

These hacks are perfect for summer and are sure to please any crowd:

1. Stove-top potpourri

We’d all love if our houses smelled of sugar, spice and everything nice, but let’s face it: we can’t always get what we want. Get rid of that overwhelming cat or dog smell all over your couches by giving homemade potpourri a shot. The combination of citrus (lime or grapefruit and lemon), herbs like thyme, vanilla extract and peppermint oil create an aromatic fragrance so addicting, you’ll want it floating through every nook and cranny of your house. Pour it in a Mason jar for a stylish addition to your home or patio. It’ll have your guests sniffing around, itching for more.

2. Chip bag bowl

Have you given your guests a bag of chips to pick at? Been there, done that, and we’re not a big fan of people having to stick their hands elbow-deep into the bag. Alternatively, you can make that bag into a bowl in one of two ways. Either lay a chip bag flat on the table and cut a hole in the front of the packaging, or push all the chips from the bottom up to the top, successfully making a chip bowl. No matter which option you choose, your guests will love that their chips are finally within reach.

3. Non-stick grilling

Your guests love fish. But here’s the issue: you’re afraid that piece of fish will just crumble when you try to flip it. Fish is known for sticking to the grill, right? Well actually, you can get that perfectly grilled piece of (intact) fish without even breaking a sweat. All you need is some citrus. Lay some slices of a citrusy fruit onto the grill and cook your fish on top to prevent it from sticking. Yeah, you’re welcome.

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4. Get rid of bugs

Don’t let your evening be ruined by uninvited guests: bugs. No one likes to be bitten by a bug–most of us don’t even like to see bugs–so try grilling some sage to ward them off. By grilling sage on charcoal, the herb’s natural oils (which are released by the heat and charcoal) act as a bug repellent. Once the herb’s been slightly charred, all those pesky bugs are sure to vanish.

5. Put condiments in a muffin tin

Muffin tins are capable of so much more than just holding muffins while they cook–don’t ever underestimate the power of a muffin tray. You can use each muffin cup as a holder for a different condiment. And even if you’re not a fan of baking, why not still invest in a muffin tin for your condiments? It’ll add a fun build-your-own-burger element to your gathering.

6. Chocolate-dipped strawberries

What’s more inviting and fresh than a chocolate-dipped strawberry? Answer: a chocolate-dipped strawberry made in an ice cube tray. All you need to do is fill an ice cube tray part-way with chocolate, put a strawberry in each one and then let it set in the fridge for a few minutes. Pop these sweet treats out of the tray and try to hold yourself back from eating them until your guests arrive.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries
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Check out these summer hacks in action by watching the video above.