You’ve just moved into your first official “It’s all mine!” place — now what? The couch was delivered, the frames are hung and all the pillows are placed in their appropriate spots; it must be time for a party! (And the perfect excuse to stock up on all your entertaining must-haves.)
Don’t know where to start? No problem — we searched our site high and low to help you out. These 7 essential entertaining pieces help you host in style while you make memories with friends and family.
1. Cheese Board
Nothing goes with a glass of chardonnay quite like a block of brie. Since charcuterie is a staple appetizer for any and all kinds of entertaining, you’ll need a cheese board for all the fixings. Our Marble Cheese Board is one of those simple, classic, serving pieces that goes with everything, and makes any kind of food look good.
Sometimes a party needs more than just wine. When that’s the case, sip on some whiskey or mix up a mojito to serve in the Schott Zweisel Barware set. Made of shatter-resistant glass, the Highball and Double-Old Fashioned styles bring casual appeal to entertaining. (PS: You can get them monogrammed, too!)
3. Cocktail Shaker
It’s easy to shake off the day and make a bunch of martinis for friends when you have the right tools. The Harrison Cocktail Shaker is a piece that’s pretty and functional. Party on!
4. Chip and Dip Platter
Sometimes happiness is as simple as chips and dip (or veggies and dip for all you health nuts). That’s why something like this Rhodes platter is a definite necessity when it comes to entertaining
5. Serving Platter
Design tip to remember: Basics are best — especially when you’re buying for a new home! And shopping for basics is even better when they’re as beautiful as our Napoli Oval Serving Platter. It’s perfect for propping up a turkey at Thanksgiving or serving loads of bruschetta at a backyard bash.
6. The Perfect Bar
You’ll add an extra dash of grandiose to every cocktail hour when the Ludlow Trunk Cabinet is the star. Bar carts are trendy and adorable — but when it comes to your first home, a sophisticated, classic, durable and (most importantly) well-stocked bar will never go out of style.
7. Snack Bowls
So much of our focus on food for parties goes to the main meal. It’s important to keep guests happy with little bites to nibble on before the big dish, which means snack bowls are essential to keeping the peace. These Antique Silver Finish Snack Bowls with memorable messages are beautiful gifts to any hostess with the mostest.
See more essential items for moving in and making memories on our Pinterest board Your First Home.