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Guest Picks: Holiday Entertaining Essentials
The holiday season is always a busy time. To make life easier, we all need a few essentials in the kitchen. Here are my recommendations for 20 holiday essentials that will make your life easier.
— Ewa from Delishhh
— Ewa from Delishhh
Jingle Bell Napkin Rings
These are the most fun holiday napkin rings I have seen in a long time; I love them. Singing at the table is even better when you have an instrument to sing along to. These should be a huge hit at the table.
6-Cup Non-Stick Popover Pan - $8.99
If you want to make your famous popovers for Christmas morning, you need one of these pans. Don’t forget to also make some cinnamon butter to go with them.
Pinecone Place Card Holders - $25
Decorating for your holiday table just got easier with the most adorable Pinecone Place Card Holders. These will definitely bring a new shimmer to your table. They're just gorgeous.
Vintage Snowman Kitchen Towel - $14.95
To decorate your kitchen for the season, you also need to update your fabrics. Why not get one of these Vintage Snowman Kitchen Towels? It's simple and classic, and it will bring any kitchen into the holiday mood.
Reindeer Wine Bottle Topper - $4.95
How can you not love these adorable little Reindeer Wine bottle Toppers? They make any bottle festive.
Waechtersbach Solid Fruit/Pasta Serving Bowl, Cherry - $33.95
Red serving bowls will bring color to any table this holiday season. Plus, you can use these all year-round.
OXO Good Grips Digital Leave-In Meat Thermometer - $39.99
Don't forget about the thermometer. You will need one for your turkey, ham or roast. Even if you aren’t making any meat, it’s also good to have for candy or fudge.
Silpat Silicone Cookie Sheet Liner - $24.95
For all that holiday cookie baking you need a Silpat. Throw out that parchment paper that was hard to cut and would burn in the oven — these are perfect and easy to wash. They will make cookie making much easier.
Three Tiered Oven Rack - $22
Have you ever run out of space in your oven during the holiday season? I know I have while trying to make the roast, the potatoes and the casserole at the same time. If you don't have another oven, this is perfect. It's a genius idea. Even just warming things up would be great.
Rolling Pin with Red Handle - $9.95
You have to have a rolling pin for all those cookies you're going to be making. Why not get one with red handles for the holiday season?
Bronze Reindeer Napkin Ring
Reindeer anything is cute, and these napkin rings are adorable. I have a few of these on the way to my house. They will definitely add elegance to your table.
Gravy Boat with Saucer - $14.95
Everybody needs a good gravy boat with a saucer. The saucer is the key, or you will have gravy all over your new tablecloth. This one from Crate&Barrel is simple and nice.
2-Piece Robert Welch® Bistro Carving Set - $29.95
For your turkey, roast or ham you will need a set of good carving tools. I highly recommend these from Crate&Barrel. They're made out of stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.
Calphalon® Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V-Rack - $129.95
For the big turkey, roast or ham you are making, you are going to need that roaster. I recommend the Calphalon Stainless Roaster. I have a few of these. I even make big batches of strata or casserole in them, and they are perfect for big parties.
Grasscloth Ruby Placemat - $5.95
To continue to build up your table setting, you are going to need some gorgeous place mats. Why not get these Grasscloth Ruby Placemats? The red not only goes with the holiday season, but also can be used during Valentine's Day, or other times of the year as well.
Crimson Top Cocktail Shaker
To start off that holiday party, you are going to need one of these cocktail shakers to make those fancy little holiday drinks. I highly recommend some pomegranate martinis for the season.
Elite Collection™ 14-Cup Food Processor - $299
You need one of these in the kitchen to make slicing, chopping and shredding easier for you. It saves a lot of time, and you will be less stressed when the family arrives.
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - $399.99
The last thing you want to do while you are slaving in the kitchen baking and cooking for the big family is to have to stir and knead by hand. One of these KitchenAid mixers will make life so much easier. Why not a get red one to brighten up the kitchen?
Goldtouch Nonstick 6-piece Essentials Bakeware Set - $99.95
You can’t do any holiday baking without some good bakeware. My recommendation is to buy a set for your bread, cookie, cake and muffin making. Those are the basics. Also, they should be nonstick.