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5 Must-Have Entertaining Tools

These simple entertaining essentials will help you pull off every celebration, and stylishly to boot.

For even the most well seasoned pro, throwing a dinner party can be a challenge without the right tools. Getting your guest list in order, your menu down pat, and your play list are all important, but when it comes to the day of, a few key tools can help things run smoothly. These simple entertaining essentials will help you pull off every celebration, and stylishly to boot.

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Stock up on serving platters, in many different sizes. They’re great for everything from displaying silverware and serving appetizers to presenting the main meal in a relaxed, serve yourself approach. You can find a variety of shapes and sizes in home stores like CB2Sur La Table, and others.

A few nice cutting boards add a rustic chic look to your presentation. Pick them up in different shapes and sizes—like these stacking bamboo boards—to use for items like cheese, bread, or even as a platter for tarts, cakes, or other sweets.

A set of nice glass markers will keep guests from guessing who’s drink is who’s, and save you from using multiple glasses unnecessarily. There are a number of easy DIY options and sets available, a fun way for your dinners to keep an eye on their beverage.

With a large group, having several pitchers of water, or a batch of party punch, on the table is key. Your guests will be able to help themselves and you can enjoy the meal without having to constantly get up. Reuse old wine bottles (a quick coat of spray paint will jazz them up) or pick up inexpensive carafes from your local home goods store.

At the end of the night, the last thing you want is more work. A French press is a great way to make a large pot of coffee for a group, this Bodum carafe will look beautiful on your table, and it’s an easy task that you can pass along to an eager to please guest.