It’s officially entertaining season—which means it’s time to get your hostess hat on. While we all spend a ton of time picking out the perfect placemat and making sure the centerpieces look chic and guest-ready, there’s always one item that falls to the wayside: flatware.
This party essential is usually an afterthought, especially since it’s the one we think our guests will pay attention to the least. But in order to have a truly cohesive dinner party theme, you need to make sure your forks and knives are up to par. Scroll on to see our favorite options for all budgets and moods.
Matte Black 5-Piece Flatware Set
, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Target, $19.99
We get it: Black might seem a little jarring for entertaining, but allow us to help. This black and metallic table setting mixes scale and proportion in a way that’s both stylish and functional.
Butterfly Meadow 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting, Lenox, $29.95
While this stainless steel set might look boring upon first glance, the subtle leaf print engraving on the handles makes it a minimalist, yet chic party staple.
Martorp 30-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Ikea, $39.99
Trust good ol’ Ikea to create a dinner set that contains enough silverware to feed even the biggest holiday gatherings, at an unbeatable price.
Oslo Cutlery Set, Canvas Home LLC, $41.99
Add some Scandi-inspired design to your tablescape with this modern set, boasting clean lines and a stainless steel finish.
‘Tilt’ 5-Piece Place Setting
, Nambé, $65
The sparkly embellishments on this option set it apart from the rest—and will set your party apart from the others, too.
Todd Hill Gold 5-Piece Flatware, Kate Spade New York, $79.99
For a subtle splash of color, look no further than this Kate Spade flatware set: The gold accent gives this otherwise minimalist option the touch of shine it deserves.
Jasper Gold 20-Piece Flatware Set, Crate & Barrel, $99.95
If sterling silver isn’t formal enough for you, try this gold set from Crate & Barrel—the sleek design and slender handles give it a luxe feel.
12-Piece Shiny Copper Flatware Set
, CB2, $119.80
Copper has a warm, cheery feel to it—which makes it perfect for your next holiday party.
Conty White 5-Piece Place Setting, Capdeco, $135
For a truly different tablescape experience, this whimsical set is the one for you. The blue acrylic print and steel handle add a pop of color to any place setting.
Greyson 20-Piece Flatware Set, Crate & Barrel, $149.95
Handcrafted and original, the textured ends on this flatware set give it a rustic, organic feel.
Blush 5-Piece Flatware Set, Anthropologie, $158
For a feminine touch on the classics, try this rose gold and pink-infused set—it’ll add a modern vibe to any place setting.
24-Piece French Flatware Set, Brook Farm General Store, $198.99
Make like the French with this gorgeous, chic set, which will give your tablescape the most ethereal vibe.
20-Piece Hampstead Flatware Place Setting, Williams Sonoma, $199.96
If you’re a fan of the classics, this 20-piece Williams Sonoma set is perfect for you. The square steel ends can also be personalized with a monogram for a take on flatware that’s truly timeless.