Yes, cinnamon! When an apartment in my building caught fire a few years ago the damage to my own place was minimal, except for a smell that lingered for months. A chef tipped me on to a trick; simply put a cinnamon stick or two in a pot of boiling water and keep it simmering 30 minutes or so before your guests arrive. It's magic! I had a holiday party that year and the cinnamon worked better than the scented candles I had previously tried to mask the odor.
Your place will be left smelling great and your guests will never know the difference. Read on below for tips on adding baking soda to the pot and even using your crock pot instead of the stove.