10 Christmas Entertaining Essentials To Make Your Home Merry & Bright

Mark and Graham

If you're anything like us, one of the reasons you get so amped for the holiday season is because it's the best time of year to get together and catch up with friends and family. As a host or hostess, you get to bring out the fancy barware, strew twinkle lights around with reckless abandon and have a cocktail just about any night of the week. (Or afternoon, for that matter!)

To help you ready your home for Christmas entertaining, we've gathered all the essentials you need to host a...MORE festive and fun gathering this season.


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    Strings of Colorful Lights

    Pottery Barn

    Naturally, no list of Christmas entertaining essentials is complete without some festive and colorful lights. Where to put them? Everywhere, of course. Hang them from the banister, coil them in a clear vase, wrap them around the fireplace hearth or drape them on your bed frame—this time of year you can't have enough.

    Multi Color glass sphere lights, $40, Pottery Barn

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    Festive Serving Trays

    Mark & Graham

    Whether you use them to adorn a coffee table during the holiday season—layered with candles and knick-knacks—or serve hors d'oeuvres to your grateful guests, we love how these monogrammed lacquered trays look with Christmas decor.

    Printed lacquer trays, $69 - $79, Mark & Graham

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    Champagne Coups


    Of course, champagne is a must during the holiday season. But drinking out of an ordinary champagne glass? No way! There's no better excuse than, "It's Christmas!" to upgrade to the most glamorous barware around—the champagne coupe! We love this gold-rimmed set from Target that's worthy of a treat yourself occasion or perfect as a hostess gift, too.

    Threshold monogram gold rim champagne coupe set, $38, Target

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    A Vinyl Record Player

    Altech Lansing

    There's something about a music playing on a vinyl record that can change the whole mood of a party or gathering. We love the gentle crackling and clean authentic sound, whether or not you decide to spin some holiday albums or just some classic rock.

    Crosley C1 record player, $200, Crosley

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    A Super-Sized Wine Bowl

    Mark and Graham

    There's something so glamorous about a wine bowl, piled high with ice and stocked with champagne and white wine. For your Christmas and holiday gatherings, consider investing in a timeless, oversized silver bowl that will invite guests to pop the bubbly and celebrate well.

    Celebration wine bowl, $149, Mark & Graham

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    Holiday Dishes & Plates


    When it comes to holiday dishes, there's really nothing as nostalgic and traditional as the Spode Christmas Tree collection. Chances are even if your family didn't have a set, you knew someone who did. Keep the tradition alive with their classic 4-piece dinner set that's perfect for family dinners or a small gathering.

    Christmas four-piece placesetting, $69, Spode

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    A Custom Backgammon Board

    Nine Fair

    If you're in the mood to splurge on setting the scene for your holiday get togethers this season, might we suggest one of these completely unique and special custom backgammon boards. Backgammon is a classic board game and we love that this small company is making bespoke boards that can be fully customized for every customer. Why not turn your Christmas party into a game night?

    Nine Fair custom backgammon board, $525, Nine Fair

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    Glass Mugs for Hot Drinks

    Crate & Barrel

    Is there anything better than a hot buttered rum or a hot toddy during the holiday season? Alcoholic or not, we love the look of a hot drink in one of these clear glass mugs. The best part? Their so affordable you can stock up and enjoy toasty warm drinks all season long.

    Hot drinks glass, $2 each, Crate & Barrel

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    Easy, Cozy Extra Seating


    You can have all the plates and glasses and sparkling lights in the world, but more than that, it's important to have a few extra spots for your guests to rest their buns. We love these cozy and stylish stools from Target that can double (and triple!) as ottomans and side tables (Just rest a tray on top to hold snacks and drinks steady.)

    HomePop faux fur white stool, $53, Target

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    Tartan Blankets

    Williams Sonoma

    Entertaining over the holiday season can mean exactly what you want it to, which means you might have a formal seated dinner for 12 or just a cozy night in with your girlfriends, a plate of cookies and a screening of "The Holiday." If you're planning a festive night in, wrap yourself (and whoever else you've invited, wink wink) in a stylish and season tartan throw. 

    Italian lambswool tartan throw, $149, Williams-Sonoma