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Issue 44 · The Holiday House · November 4, 2015

10 Easy Pieces: Entertaining for a Crowd

Issue 44 · The Holiday House · November 4, 2015

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).


Crate & Barrel Set of 12 Party Wine Glasses | Remodelista

Above: A set of 12 Party Wine Glasses is $24.95 at Crate & Barrel.

Ikea Svalka Champagne Flutes | Remodelista

Above: For large parties, Ikea's Svalka Champagne Glasses are good to have on hand in multiples; $0.79 each. 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 for $2.79 each. 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.

Snowe Home 5-Piece Table Setting | Remodelista

Above: A Five-Piece Table Setting includes a cup and saucer and is $280 for a set of four, a total of 280 pieces, at Snowe. See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for more ideas.

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.


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 twelve cotton Hotel Dinner Napkins in white or ivory is $63.96 at Williams-Sonoma.

Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

Above: Williams-Sonoma's Hotel Cocktail Napkins are $25.60 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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