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).
Glassware Above: A set of eight basic Wine Glasses is on sale for $23.96 at Crate & Barrel. Above: For large parties, Ikea’s Svalka Champagne Flutes are good to have on hand in multiples; $4.99 for a pack of six. N.B.: They are not the most durable, but for the price, they can’t be beat. Above: If you prefer the stemless variety, consider Ikea’s 365+ Ivrig Wine Glasses for $1.99 each. For more ideas on affordable glassware, see 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses and 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses. Dishware Above: A set of eight Essential Dinner Plates is on sale for $29.56 at Crate & Barrel. Above: A Five-Piece Table Setting includes a cup and saucer and is $220 for a set of four, a total of 20 pieces, at Snowe. See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for more ideas. Above: The Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinner Plate Set includes a dozen dinner plates; $59 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 $49 each. Flatware Above: Fishs Eddy sells Open Stock Flatware by the piece, starting at $4.00 for a grapefruit spoon.