Entertaining guests is so much easier when you’ve got the right tools. From accessories to key furniture pieces, here’s what you need to get up and running for the holiday season.

Drink Up

Every drink looks stylish when poured in a decanter. For your next party, set up a bar with a variety of decanters in different shapes and sizes, filled with your favorite libations.
Designer Tip: Place beautiful decanters filled with wine, water or a signature cocktail on your dining table, so guests can refill to their heart’s content as they enjoy their meal.

From left: Arteriors Levi Malachite Decanter, 19th Century Scandinavian Melon Form Decanter and Esque Studio Skull Decanter with Solid Stoppers
Store & Serve Solution

Every dining room deserves a sideboard. It stores everything from flatware to platters, and is the perfect surface for serving food, creating a makeshift bar or tempting diners with a display of desserts. Find out why we strongly believe every home needs a great sideboard.
Designer Tip: Choose a sideboard that is a bit higher than your dining table, so it will be a good serving height for guests when standing.

From left: Mid-19th Century Biedermeier Three-Door Curved Sideboard, Hellman-Chang Tao Sideboard and Bernhardt Quinn Buffet
Stoke the Fire

A crackling fire in the fireplace always sets the mood, especially during the holiday season. Pretty fireplace tools help keep that lovely fire going all the way from pre-dinner cocktails to after-dinner drinks. Read more about eight stylish (and simple) ways to update your fireplace.
Designer Tip: Always remember to open the damper before you start your fire. In the mad rush of preparing for a party, this small detail shouldn’t be forgotten or you’ll end up with a room of smoke.

From left: 19th Century Georgian Style Fireplace Tool Set, Early-19th Century John Molineux Boston Andirons with Fire Tools and Mid-Century Modern Carved Fire Tool Set (1960-1969)
Best Blooms

Why go for a simple glass vase when you can elevate flowers by putting them in sculptural vases? Mix and match monochromatic vases in different shapes and heights to create a stunning centerpiece.
Designer Tip: Save time and money by choosing one type of flower en masse rather than trying to arrange all sorts of different blooms. Read more on our favorite flower + vase pairings.

From left: Circa 1960 Martin Freyer for Rosenthal Tall Plissée Vase, Mid-20th Century Chinese Monochrome Zodiac Vase and Circa 1970 Uta Feyl for Rosenthal Wing Vase
Dedicated Bar

Use a freestanding bar cart to set up a drinks station wherever you please. Offer a variety of drink options, and style your cart out with flowers, accessories and snacks in pretty bowls.
Designer Tip: Don’t want people to hover in the kitchen? Direct traffic by moving your bar cart to a room where you want people to hang out. Where there are drinks, the guests will follow. Read up more on seven creative ways to use & design a bar cart.

From left: Hollywood Regency Late-20th Century Lacquered Bar Cart, Circa 1970 Milo Baughman for DIA Wheeled Bar Cart, Circa 1940 Jacques Adnet Two-Tiered Trolley
Protect Surfaces

Wet glasses on wood are a definite no-no, so don’t let forgetful guests leave drinks wherever they please. Encourage partygoers to not leave rings by handing out a coaster with every drink.
Designer Tip: Pretty napkins or saucers also do the trick if you run out of coasters.

From left: Bethany Collins Embroidered Napkin, AERIN Shagreen Coasters and Mid-20th Century Piero Fornasetti Small Sphinx Coasters
Candle Glow

The allure of a flickering candle is universal. Use candelabras, votive holders and candlesticks on multiple surfaces throughout your home to make your party glow. (They’re also fantastic for a decorated coffee table that’ll take you from day to night.)
Designer Tip: Spare yourself the trouble of candle wax mishaps and go for dripless candles.

From left: E.G. Cody Four-Arm Arrow Candelabra, Interlude Home Alix Candlestand Trio and Mid-20th Century Seguso Pulegoso Candlesticks
Portable Style

With so many ways to use them, trays are a host’s secret weapon. They’re portable, group disparate items together in a jiffy and act as a giant coaster to protect surfaces. Check out some more tableware ideas for a festive dinner party.
Designer Tip: Apply felt pads to the bottom of your trays so you can plop them down anywhere without having to worry about scratching surfaces.

From left: Wednesday Architecture for Fritz Hansen Oval Stack Tray, Blue Carreon Home Geometric Serving Tray and Christofle Silver Plated Square Tray

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