10 Entertaining Must-Haves For Your Next Party

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, guests may be flocking to your apartment. Starting with our 10 entertaining tips in your arsenal, throwing your first party in your new home doesn’t have to send nervous butterflies aflutter in your stomach. From cheese boards to festive glassware, you’ll be the toast of the town with these goods stashed away and ready to be pulled out just for your guests.

Catch Phrase Napkins

Pop The Bubbly Napkins, $6.95, Paper Source

Just like with plates, you don’t need to spend crazy amounts of money to impress your guests with your hosting skills. These cute napkins are affordable, fun, and incredibly festive.

Glam Glasses

Frosted Gold Rim Glass Set, $40, Francesca’s 

Nice glassware should totally be one of your entertaining must-haves. Not only do they make any cocktail or mocktail immediately festive, but they also add a bit of flair to any tablescape.

Paper Decor

Gold, Black & White Tassel Banner, $14.95, Paper Source

Paper goods have made a huge resurgence when it comes to party decor. From tassels to banners, you don’t need to spend a ton to get the best bang for your buck. Gussy up your place in a jiffy with paper goods.

Drink Markers

Sassy Wine Line Drink Markers, $9, Francesca’s

With so many people in one place, drink makers are undoubtedly one of the most crucial entertaining must-haves. Not only do they look great with cute phrases, but they’ll make sure your guests can keep an eye on their drinks all night long.

Marble Coasters

Threshold Marble Stackable Coaster Set, $14.99, Target

You don’t want to harm any of your new apartment furniture, do you? These coasters aren’t just an entertaining must-have, but they’re also incredibly stylish.

Rose Gold Cocktail Shaker

Project 62 Rose Gold Cocktail Shaker, $9.09, Target

Making drinks for your guests? Why not do it with this gorgeous cocktail shaker? Not only is it totally affordable, but it’s a super fun decorative item to boot.

Lazy Susan Cheese Plate

CucinaPro Lazy Susan Slate Cheese Plate, $39.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond

Not only does this cheese board spin so that more guests can snag a bite, but because it’s slate, you can write the type of cheese right on the plate. Talk about an entertaining item win!

Tiered Stand

Maxwell & Williams White Basics Cosmopolitan 2-Tier Cake Stand, $19.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond

When serving snacks and finger foods during your party, making them look beautiful is part of the ambience. This tiered stand is the perfect way to add a bit of flair to your food display.

Festive Plates

Kenzie Black Dinner Plates, $7.95, Swoozie’s

If you think you’re going to break the bank buying beautiful plates, don’t worry about it. There are tons of great, durable, and festive options. These paper plates comes in a set of eight, and you won’t have to worry about washing dishes!

Serving Knives

Celebratory Catch Phrase Cheese Knife Set, $25, ModCloth

If you’ll saving money on your entertaining must-haves by using paper goods, use the extra cash for perfect details. These adorable catch phrase cheese knives will be perfect for serving your food and impressing your guests.

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or a friend’s birthday, you can celebrate and entertain in style with fantastic must-have items.



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