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Guest Picks: Entertaining Essentials
My husband and I just bought our first home. While we haven't moved in yet, my mind is spinning with how I'm going to furnish it (the manager at West Elm knows me by name) and decorating ideas. Luckily my day job is blogger (http://youaremyfave.com/blog/) so my projects can double as work.
My husband and I just bought our first home. While we haven't moved in... More
I love when the warm weather arrives and the itch to entertain starts up again. Whether it's a casual picnic or a full-blown dinner party, here are some favorite pieces to have on hand so you're ready to be the hostess with the mostess.
— Melanie from You Are My Fave
— Melanie from You Are My Fave
Glass Beverage Dispenser - $49.95
Every beverage is party ready when presented in a pretty dispenser. This one would work for every occasion.
Olive Wood Cutting Boards - $110
I like the idea of displaying food on these cheese boards instead of plates. The organic shape and wood finish are nice details.
Cotton Stripe Beach Blanket - $59
This cotton beach blanket could work equally as well as a tablecloth or laid out for a casual picnic. I love the happy colors.
3-Tier Cake Stand - $55
This is the best looking tiered stand I've ever come across. Any food would look attractive sitting on it. And I think it is a fair price for such a nice piece.
Terrain Dinnerware - $3.95
I think a nice set of white dinnerware is essential for entertaining because it can be used for any party. If white is too boring for you, go with an unconventional shape like this.
Mini Wood Bowls Set Of Two Mint Green By WindandWillowHome - $16
I like how these are neutral with just a hint of the prettiest shades. They would be perfect to fill with little treats.
Bon Appétit Napkin - $18
As much as I love color, I like to stick with classic neutrals for essentials so I can use them for everything. These napkins are so classic.
Fresh Bay Leaf Wreath - $30
Add some color and sweet aroma with a fresh wreath in your space.
Tangerina Ice Bucket - $58
I have to admit, I love this ice bucket mostly for its tangerine color. I would hold homemade ice cream in it.
Crinkle Fans - $20
I like to have cute fans, such as these, or lanterns on hand for a quick decor option.
Cake Stand, Milk - $79.95
I have a heavy-weight, white cake stand like this and, trust me, it makes every cake look prettier. I'm a horrible froster, so it's true.
Fleur-De-Lys Juice Glass - $6
I like how these glass tumblers have the nice fleur-de-lys detail without being over the top.
Cupcake Stands - $39.95
Even if you're not a fan of cupcakes, these mini pedestals work great for stacks of cookies or small appetizers.
BÄRBAR Tray, Flowers - $3.99
I have to admit I have quite the collection of trays from IKEA. The price point can't be beat and the patterns are always so fun. You can find an excuse to use them every time.
Weck Canning Jars - $3.95
I like having Weck jars on hand to serve appetizers in or to fill for favors.
Airtight Glass Bottle - $6.95
These glass bottles are perfect for picnics or to serve a variety of drinks. I've even served hot fudge sauce in them! The price tag can't be beat.
Cross Dye Basic Napkin Set by West Elm - $16
I love how you can get these napkins in such a nice variety of colors.
Farmer's Market Basket, Small Square - $14
These stoneware baskets are on my list of what I need for the summer. Berries and treats would be pretty served in any one of them.
Terrain Serveware - $9
You can't go wrong with white serving pieces. It will always be classic.