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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.