Hosting dinner parties, game nights, wine and cheese night are my favorite. Now what I don’t enjoy is having all the mess left behind and being the cleaning lady. Like most would say it comes with the territory. It can be quite expensive and that’s not including the food and the drinks. Sometimes the top of the line items are not always the best choice, and can be pricey. Whether or not you’ve been hosting for years or toying around with the idea, there are some basic essential items that everyone should invest in.
Candles, candle pillars, and votives are an entertaining must. Buying them in various heights, shapes and sizes are necessary. You can place them on a plate or platter to have as a centerpiece. Votives can be dressed up or spray painted to go with your style. Places to find these items without breaking the bank and still have ton of options are www.macys.com Dollar Store, www.micheals.com and www.worldmarket.com
Serving platters come in all shapes, colors, style, and sizes. They are very versatile. They not only make your setup look sophisticated but also great to display all types of food. If you happen to have a Home Goods in your town, that would be a place worth visiting. If not, you can go to www.bedbathandbeyond.com, www.christmastreeshops.com
Stemless wine glasses
Stemless wine glasses have become quite trendy over the last decade, they can double as an individual dessert bowl and be used for more than just wine. They also are easy to store if you have limited in space. www.crateandbarrel.com, www.walmart.com ,www.wayfair.com
Beverage dispensers complement any type of gathering. You can also choose options from size to a particular look and design. Not to mention it can be used both indoors and outdoors. Visit www.wayfair.com, www.christmastreeshops.com, they have great choices for you to pick from.
Silver plated trays
Silver plated trays are one of the easiest things to find, and they tend to be pretty inexpensive and come in all shapes in sizes. They are perfect for creating a chalkboard sign, to hold bar items or even a fancy platter. Once again you can spray paint it or leave it as is for that rustic look. Check out www.overstock.com, www.potterybarn.com or visit your local thrift shop and yard sale for even a cheaper find.
Bar carts are becoming the it thing the past couple of years. Whether you have an apartment or house, it has many functions. You can use it to serve food, create a bar, etc. It can also be used for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. To get your own visit www.wayfair.com and www.target.com
All of these goodies will make any gathering run smoothly and extra fabulous. It’ll also save you a ton of money.
I hope this will help you in your future gatherings!
Written by Cynthia L, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic