7 Entertaining Essentials for a Successful Party, No Matter the Occasion
These picks will set you up for the perfect party, big or small.
Entertaining should be fun, easy, and fuss-free for everyone involved, including the hostess (that's you!). The secret to stressing less: planning ahead. Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests for the weekend or a holiday cocktail party for 30 of your closest friends, you can prepare yourself ahead of time with these entertaining must-haves. With these little luxuries and life-savers, your guests will appreciate the effort you’ve put in, not to mention the delicious coffee, stylish serving tools, and more.
Marble & Copper 3-Tiered Stand
Utilize this sleek stand for a charcuterie spread while sipping on cocktails, or display mini pastries and desserts on it at the end of the night. It will add another element to your tablescape and make you feel like the hostess with the mostest.
To buy: $78; williams-sonoma.com
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Champagne Stopper
Pop a bottle of bubbly without the worry of it going flat with this stainless steel champagne stopper. An airtight seal means a leak-proof bottle, and the stopper promises to keep bubbly fresh for up to three days.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker
Whether you’re making coffee for one or coffee for a crowd, the Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker makes entertaining easy. This genius machine lets you use your own ground coffee or customize a cup for each guest with K-Cup pods. Whether they prefer decaf, regular, or flavored coffee, there's something for everyone. If you're serving a crowd, no sweat: the K-Duo Coffee Maker lets you brew a carafe using ground coffee, too.
To buy: $170, amazon.com.
Georg Jensen Sky Water Pitcher
Save a few trips to the fridge by making sure you have a pitcher for the table. Guests will be able to fill up their own glasses, leaving you with one less thing to do.
To buy: $95; bloomingdales.com.
Nambe Nara Chip and Dip Bowl
Chips and dip are a party must-have, and there's a good chance your guests will hope for it upon arrival. Can you blame them though? You’ll find so many ways to put this Nambe chip and dip bowl to use over the years. Use it for chips and guacamole, pretzels and humus, or pita chips and a homemade dip.
To buy: $100; bedbathandbeyond.com.
SFERRA Festival Dinner Napkins
Fancy napkins may seem less essential than other items on your entertaining list, but they’re an absolute must. High-quality cloth napkins instantly elevate any table setting, no matter what's on the menu.
To buy: $52 for 4; bloomingdales.com.
Deco Barware Collection
Festive holiday cocktails on the menu? Whip up everything from Old Fashioneds to Manhattans using this elegant bar set. Your guests will feel like they stepped into a hip speakeasy, even if your mixology skills could use some improvement.
To buy: $55; westelm.com.