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Issue 44 · Holiday Prep · November 25, 2014

10 Easy Pieces: Entertaining for a Crowd

Issue 44 · Holiday Prep · November 25, 2014

With Thanksgiving—and the whole holiday season—suddenly upon us, it's time to think about stocking up on party essentials. In the long run, if you entertain frequently, it's much more economical to buy than rent. We've sourced tabletop items that are versatile, durable, and readily available (in case you need overnight shipping).


Set of 12 Party Goblets from Crate & Barrel | Remodelista

Above: A set of 12 Party Goblets are $19.96, marked down from $24.95, at Crate & Barrel.

Ikea Svalka White Wine Glasses | Remodelista

Above: For large parties, Ikea's Svalka White Wine Glasses are good to have on hand in multiples; $4.79 for a set of six (marked down to $3.86 for six through November 25). N.B.: They are not the most durable, but for the price, they can't be beat.

Ikea Ivrig Clear Stemless Glasses | Remodelista

Above: If you prefer the stemless variety, consider Ikea's 365+ Ivrig Wine Glasses on sale through November 25 for $2.39 each (regularly $2.99). For more ideas on affordable glassware, see 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses and 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.


Crate & Barrel Set of Four Coupe Dinner Plates | Remodelista

Above: A set of four Coupe Porcelain Dinner Plates is $10.36, marked down from $12.95, at Crate & Barrel.

Pottery Barn Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set | Remodelista

Above: The Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set includes a dozen dinner plates; $47 for a boxed set of 12 plates from Pottery Barn. A Caterer's Set of 12 Salad Plates and Caterer's Set of 12 Bowls are also available for $39 each.

West Elm Essential White Dinnerware Set | Remodelista

Above: West Elm's Essential White Dinnerware Set is made of white-glazed porcelain; $7.99, marked down from $16, for a set of four pieces. See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for more ideas.


Flatware from Fishs Eddy, Sold by the Piece | Remodelista

Above: Fishs Eddy sells Open Stock Flatware by the piece, starting at $1.99 for a salad fork.

Antique Silver Flatware Bundles | Remodelista

Above: Source vintage silver-plated flatware in mismatched sets from flea markets or on Etsy. Photograph via Bhldn.

Set of Party Forks from CB2 | Remodelista

Above: CB2 offers stainless steel Party Forks ($9.95), Party Knives ($14.95), and Party Spoons ($9.95) in sets of six. See more of our flatware favorites: 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Stainless Steel Flatware.

Table Linens

White Hotel Dinner Napkins from Williams-Sonoma | Remodelista

Above: A set of six cotton Hotel Dinner Napkins in white or ivory is $34.36, marked down from $42.95, at Williams-Sonoma.

Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

Above: Williams-Sonoma's Hotel Cocktail Napkins are $26.36, marked down from $32.95, for a set of six.

Ikea Elly Dishtowel Set of Four | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's Elly Dish Towels make affordable (and charmingly rustic) napkins; $3.99 for a set of four.

Chilewich White Linen Napkin | Remodelista

Above: Stock up on basic Chilewich 100 Percent Linen Napkins, $9 each at Sur la Table.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 23, 2011, as part of our Thanksgiving Entertaining issue.

Need a cutting board? See 10 Easy Pieces: Display-Worthy Wooden Cutting Boards.

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