Entertaining Pros Love These 9 Products for Holiday Hosting

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Serving board from West Elm

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It’s time to trade in pumpkins for pine wreaths—the holidays are right around the corner. Celebrations and festivities come with the season, as loved ones convene to enjoy the end of the year together. Whether it’s a dinner party, New Year’s bash, or something in between, chances are you’ll be playing host at some point.

To make sure your event happens smoothly (and stylishly), we called on three entertaining pros to share their favorite holiday hosting products. From special dinnerware to tablescape decor, these items will become new staples in your arsenal of hosting accessories. Check out their picks, ahead.

Meet The Experts

Make & Stow Large Serving Board With Handle

Make & Stow Large Serving Board With Handle

Make & Stow

“Beautiful wooden boards are a must for me,” Amber Mayfield, founder of To Be Hosted and While Entertaining Magazine, says. “They make serving charcuterie, appetizers, and desserts feel warmer and more communal.”

Her pick from Make and Stow is crafted from American Black Walnut and features a huge base (nearly two feet long, to be exact) to ensure plenty of room for all your treats. Want to personalize it? The board can be engraved with a message of your choice for an extra $20.

Proof Syrup Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

Proof Syrup Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

Amazon

Cocktails are one of celebrity event designer Edward Perotti's favorite parts of the holidays. "The mixes, the smells, and textures are where your creativity can shine," he says. "The kicker is that you don’t need to be a skilled mixologist to wow your guests."

A pre-made option that Perotti loves to dress up drinks is Proof's Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup. "Just add the orange syrup to give a holiday kick to your specialty cocktail," he suggests. "Garnish with a small sprig of fresh rosemary and voila—you are a rock star." 

Crate & Barrel Ivory Pillar Candle

Crate & Barrel Ivory pillar candles

Crate & Barrel

Jenni Lietz, the owner of Wallflower Rentals & Decor, loves hosting friends and family for the holidays, and she finds that a little style and personalization go a long way.

"I'm a huge believer in setting the mood and creating a cozy and inviting feel," she says. "One of my favorite ways to do that is with a beautiful set of candles arranged around the space of various heights to add dimension. We love these Crate & Barrel Ivory Pillar Candles for a neutral look."

Estelle Colored Glass Iridescent Champagne Coupe Stemware Set

Estelle Colored Glass Iridescent Champagne Coupe Stemware Set

Estelle Colored Glass

Looking for a pop of color? You can't go wrong with Estelle Colored Glass' champagne coupes. “They make everything feel more festive,” Mayfield dotes. “And if I am not serving champagne in them, you can also use them to serve desserts.”

Crafted by artisans in Poland, the coupes are made to last. Plus, you can choose from a variety of happy hues—like emerald, lavender, rose, and more—to match your aesthetic.

Diptyque Feu de Bois Wood Fire Candle

Diptyque Feu de Bois Wood Fire Candle

Nordstrom

Perotti concurs that candles are a must during the holidays. "They add such a soft glow, and the flickering lights will cast movement and shadows on the walls and ceiling," he notes.

With his travels around the world, Perotti has come to appreciate Diptyque Paris. "I first discovered the product on a trip to Paris when I was a teenager and over the years, they have become a staple in my home," he says. "This season's Feu de Bois (Wood Fire) scent takes you to that special place of comfort and warmth."

West Elm Reclaimed Pine Wood Charcuterie Boards

West Elm Reclaimed Pine Wood Charcuterie Boards

West Elm

Great minds think alike, so it's no surprise that a good cheese board is part of Lietz's arsenal, too.

"Whether you're serving appetizers or lighter fare, these beautiful charcuterie boards from West Elm are such a great tool for serving your guests," she suggests. "The variety of items you can use on the boards allows you to offer a ton of choices while also adding a personal touch. Plus, the designs you can use on these boards are endless, so we love that!"

Whetstone Pinch Bowls

Whetstone Pinch Bowls

Whetstone

In a pinch for serve-ware? “I love these Whetstone pinch bowls,” Mayfield says. “They are a fun way to add flakey salts and other small items with charcuterie boards.” Think: bowls of red chili flakes, nuts, salad toppings, and more. These come in a set of three, and each is handmade from locally-sourced materials in Oaxaca, Mexico for a unique look.

Evite Classic Holiday Party Invitation

Evite Classic Holiday Party Invitation

Evite

There's no need to send out classic paper invites if you don't want to. Virtual invitations can look just as chic, according to Perotti.

"We’ve been trained to use tech for most of our needs, and that still makes sense now," he says. "So, it’s totally okay to use platforms like Evite or Paperless Posts."

Crate & Barrel Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

An elaborate dinner deserves a pretty backdrop—which is where tablescape accents come in.

"You can pick a theme, style it with personal touches that highlight your family or even your pets, and feature your favorite dishes," Lietz explains. "There are no rules when it comes to the tabletop—you can mix metals, add texture, and get creative with decor."

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