Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season has arrived, and with it comes a slew of cocktail parties, dinners, lunches, brunches—you name it. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners usually take center stage when it comes to holiday entertaining, but even if you’re not hosting one of the big two, you’ll probably find yourself playing hostess at some point, so best to be prepared.
If you are feeling like hosting is more stressful than fun, delight your table with some curated items from our shop. Here, we take you through our favorite pieces for entertaining, from tabletop essentials to the best pots and pans to help you make magic happen in the kitchen.
We love a mix of punchy patterns and pretty solids that all work together on a well-styled table.
As for your tablecloth, keep things simple. A classic linen tablecloth in gray, white, or beige is always a good idea.
Hawkins New York Jackson Dinner Set, from $90
These funky dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls give your tablescape a real Jackson Pollock feel.
Walloon Napkins, Bunlgo by Shay Spaniola, $67.99
Shay Spaniola’s signature style translates to create wonderful products, and these watercolor-patterned napkins will round out any holiday table.
Spanish Olive Tray, Europe2You, $61.99
This set of trays ensures that you will serve your guests in style. These wooden servers were discovered in a seaside restaurant of Mallorca. The handles allow for ease of serving. Stack your favorite fruits and cheeses on these beautiful boards.
Alvar Cup, Jayson Home, $14.99
Malmo Rose Gold Flatware, Kate Spade New York, $89.99
Dress up your holiday table with some rose gold flatware. Rather than breaking out the expected silver or even gold, add a blush tint to your flatware adds an extra layer of interest.
Candy Rock Blue Crystal Cake Plate, Imm Living, $81.99
Add some shine and shimmer to your table. Prop your prized cake up high with this glamorous stand. Be prepared for your guests to rave more about the stand than the cake itself.
New Norm Lunch and Side Plates, New Norm, from $24.99
Every table needs a bit of balance. Keep your setting grounded by adding a solid-colored plate in a soft hue to the mix.
Juliska Puro Whitewash Serving Bowl, Juliska, $62
You can never go wrong with a classic white ceramic bowl—especially when it’s microwave, dishwasher, AND freezer safe.
Brook Farm General Store Enamel Butter Pot, Brook Farm General Store, $44.99
Did someone say fondue? Melt chocolate, cheese, or, better yet, butter in this adorable and tiny melting pot.
Menu New Norm Plate in Natural Slate, Menu, $19.99
Style a beautiful cheeseboard on this dark slate tray. When you’re not entertaining, use this as a catch-all for seasoning grinders, wine stoppers, and your favorite oil and vinegar bottles.
TONDO Bowls in Alabaster, Tondo, $205
These chic bowls are made from Italian stone and are the perfect way to serve the season’s yummiest side dishes.
FOR PREP AND COOKING:
These products make prep work and cooking a breeze—and they’re simple and attractive enough if you need to use them for serving.
Kobenstyle Blue Six Quart Casserole, Dansk, $139.99
This navy blue enamel casserole dish is the new go-to piece in your cookware repertoire.
Square Short Handle Cutting Board, Butternut Brooklyn, $94.99
Prep veggie crudite on this cutting board—then, repurpose it as a classic charcuterie tray.
Kobenstyle Blue Large Buffet, Dansk, $119.99
Take this buffet dish from the stovetop to the table in five seconds flat.
Heritage Stoneware Oval Casserole Dish, Le Creuset, $100
Your cookware set isn’t complete without le creuset The classic French brand was a favorite of Julia Child, and their products—especially this item from their Heritage line—look great on any table.
Quiche Dish, Crate & Barrel, $9.95
There’s nothing quite like a flaky, buttery, homemade quiche. Whip one up and bake it in this classic white dish.
FOR THE BAR
Get creative and have some fun during cocktail hour with colorful, conversation-starting accessories. Pair them with classic glassware to keep things stylish and unfussy.
Pineapple Shot Glasses, W&P Design, $34.99
The pineapple, a long-recognized symbol of hospitality, now takes shape in the form of a shot glass. Available in silver, gold or copper, this cute pair makes the perfect hosting instrument. It doesn’t get much friendlier than handing guests one of these as they walk in.
Marta Double Old Fashioned Glass, CB2, $1.95
With all that pattern play on your dishes and bowls, keep your glassware simple. A classic double Old Fashioned glass should do the trick. And remember: These tumblers aren’t reserved for whiskey and bourbon alone.
Kivita Coasters, Anna New York by RabLabs, $170
These stylish rose quartz and gold coasters will encourage your guests to make use of them and protect your table from those nasty water ring marks.
You Earned It Bottle Opener, Owen & Fred, $28.99
Every bar needs a solid bottle opener—and solid this one is. It’s made from a half pound of brass.
Blendo Drink Dispenser, True Brands, $55.25