12 Essentials for Entertaining Made Easy
No matter how you celebrate this time of year, we’ve rounded up a few universal essentials Every host and hostess needs to make their festive fêtes and seasonal soirées a holiday hit.
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For a more formal affair, such as a Christmas Eve luncheon or Hanukkah dinner, a tablescape set with delicate dishware and ethereal accents will help you capture the whimsy and wonder of the holidays and ensure you host an event to remember.
The Bloom placemat is beautiful backdrop for any set of dishes and brings a light, cheerful tone to the table. If you’re planning to enjoy a holiday meal alfresco, these vinyl mats are also suitable for outdoor use. 16″ in diameter. $10.50 each.
Create a winter wonderland at your table with the Ether Dinnerware. This airy pastel set includes a lavender dinner plate, a blue salad/dessert plate, a pearl bowl and mug and a light gray saucer. $78/set.
Casual and Cozy
Whether you’re hosting a cookie swap, a gingerbread house decorating party or simply a laid-back get-together with friends and family, be sure you’re prepped with a selection of fun and no-fuss entertaining items that will make your guests’ spirits bright.
Featuring a jolly green glaze and measuring 6.5” in diameter, these handcrafted bowls by Valley ceramist Judith Amiel-Bendheim are just the right size to hold snacks and sweets for congregating guests. $42
Crank up the holiday tunes with the Duetto from Como Audio, a smart speaker that connects to your favorite music sources with the touch of a button. The sleek set features a 3.2-inch color display and is available in five stylish shades. $449
Old Friends, New Beginnings
On New Year’s Eve, go all out with glamorous accoutrements that embody the festive excitement of that annual midnight countdown. Champagne and cocktails will be flowing and hopes will be soaring as you ring in the new year with your closest loved ones.
For true cocktail connoisseurs, a bar cabinet is a must-have during lively parties. Guests can serve themselves from the stately Tanami 7120, available in satin white or fog gray finishes and featuring adjustable shelves, lined drawers and a glass bar top where drinks can be mixed up in a flash. 43″H by 36″W by 18.5″D. Price upon request.
Before you pop your midnight champagne, make sure it’s ice cold and on display in the Wesley drink bucket. Crafted from swirled resin and featuring knotted leather handles, the rugged yet polished fixture deserves a place of prominence at your party. To the trade.
The sophisticated Shagreen Bar Set, available in either Cream or Chocolate finishes, includes everything you need to shake up some signature drinks for your guests, from napkins and coasters to bar tools and julep cups. Store it all in a brass-accented box that will look stylish sitting on any surface. $3,900