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With the arrival of brisk mornings and crunchy leaves underfoot comes the promise of hearty meals, out-of-towners, and endless evenings of entertaining. Halloween bashes, Friendsgivings, cocktail parties just because—needless to say, being fully prepped to welcome guests is of the essence.

Whether it’s your first time hosting or you’re a seasoned vet, there are a handful of staples you should probably have on hand, from durable cookware to bar cart mainstays. And you don’t have to sacrifice form for function. Our current crush? Scandi-cool pieces with a luxe twist. Read on for the budget-friendly (yet totally chic) finds we’re scooping up before the seasonal rush. 

Cookware that lasts

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Walmart ($50)

Arm yourself with a solid cast iron pot (it’s versatile enough for just about any cooking method) and you’ll be able to tackle everything on your epicurean wishlist—and we’re talking way past the bustle of the holidays.  

An all-around serving platter

Marble Serving Paddle, Walmart ($17)

Cheese, charcuterie, or even dessert—this marble base will instantly elevate whatever is on the menu. Pop it in the freezer 30 minutes before you plate to give the board a frosty finish. 

A cocktail shaker that won’t let you down

Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker, Walmart ($9)

We’re always in favor of a bar cart staple that can get the job done and look good while doing it. This hammered brass version is meant for your signature martini recipe.

A cutlery starter-kit

14-Piece Forged Cutlery Knife Block Set, Walmart ($50)

Nothing disrupts your cooking flow quite like a dull, too-small knife. (Using a paring knife to chop up romaine? Not fun.) This fully-stocked set has every style you could need, plus sharpening steel

Vessels worthy of your floral arrangements

Jug Vase, Walmart ($16)

With its ombre finish, this glass vase is begging to be the focal point of your holiday table. Line up three and fill them with contrasting bright red or yellow blooms for a showstopping centerpiece. 

Dinnerware that causes the good kind of drama

12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Walmart ($60)
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Nothing against mismatched plates, but a cohesive group definitely makes a strong statement. Cue this modern-meets-glam combo, with a moody, marble-like finish that will instantly set the tone for the table. 

Glassware that’s just the right amount of extra

Stemless Glass, Walmart ($19)

Let’s face it, you probably don’t have a stockpile of wine glasses at the ready for the party of 12 you’re expecting. Short of having to splurge on a new set, opt for an affordable pack that works all kinds of drinks, but still brings on the glam. 

See more hosting necessities: Found: The Best Kitchen Accessories for the Aspiring Cook How to Throw a Dinner Party Like You’re in “the Hamptons of Denmark” 7 Colorful Trivet and Pot Pairings for All the Fall Dishes We’re Excited to Make