Published on November 20, 2017

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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.

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Under $50

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Under $100

‘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.

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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.

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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.

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Under $150

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.

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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.

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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.

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Under $200

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.

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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.

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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.

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