ISSUE 45  |  Materials

5 Quick Fixes: Holiday Entertaining Prep

November 05, 2012 6:30 PM

BY Remodelista Team

What's the key to throwing a party with ease? We believe it's having all the essentials stocked and ready. With the holidays approaching, we partnered with our friends at Dyson to bring you these five simple ways to get prepared for the uncoming entertaining season, from cleaning tools to DIY decor.

Above: Add some festive glimmer to your party space by wrapping a large object with holiday string lights. Above L: A gold mirror glows, as seen on Olof Jakobina. Above R: As seen on Annaleena's Hem, a silvery branch is instantly illuminated. To recreate the look, consider the Starry String Lights; $15 at Restoration Hardware.

Above: Make drinks easily available by setting up a designated bar area with the necessary acoutrements and ice. This Stainless Steel Shiny Ice Bucket will add a glamorous note to any party space; $34.95 at CB2.

Above: If you entertain frequently, consider investing in an extra supply of simple dishes. It's more economical than renting and will ensure you'll have an ample supply in case unexpected guests arrive. The white Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set includes a dozen dinner plates; $49 from Pottery Barn. For stemware, consider the All-Purpose Wine Glasses from Sur La Table, which can be used for both red and white wines; $39.99 for a set of 12.

Above: It's likely that you'll need some additional seating to accommodate all of your guests. For a quick fix, opt for neutral foldaway chairs that can be taken out and stored according to your needs. The Italian-made Alston Buiani Folding Chair comes in a natural finish; $99 for a set of four from Chairs Fun Store. Another option is the Beechwood Folding Chair, which comes with a festive green half linen seat and back; €98 from Manufactum.

Above: With any party comes the cleanup; keep a few cotton towels handy to wipe up spills and crumbs. The Provencal style Classic Dishtowel is made of natural material sourced in the US; $14 at Raw Materials Design. To avoid stains when serving dishes, consider the classic French Waiter's Apron; $38 at Raw Materials Design.

N.B.: For more ideas on entertaining, see 5 Favorites: Industrial Bar Carts and 10 Easy Pieces: Entertaining Essentials.