How To Host

So it went from being my birthday last weekend to my boyfriends birthday this weekend. Last week I made him my private chef  and then take me out to dinner the next night (extended birthday for the weekend) this week he wanted an apartment party filled with appetizers and drinks. While I know boys don't care about all the little details, I pride myself on being a host. I love cute kitschy items and fine touches. I love having a cart for a bar, it's perfect to roll out the glasses and drinks for a small gathering yet during the week I keep flowers and my laptop on it. Multifunction at best!
                                                                   What's your hosting tricks?