12 Entertaining Must-Haves Under $50
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By Rebecca Thienes
From decanter tags to drink mixes, table runners to cocktail picks, these 12 ingenious items will make you the hostess with the mostest this holiday season.
Table Topper2 of 13
A table runner dresses up the dining room without getting too fussy. With this chalkboard version, you can map out where dishes will go ahead of time—trace serving platters and bowls on the surface to mark their places and label each dish for guests.
SHOP NOW: Chalkboard table runner, $46, anthropologie.com
Tiny Touches3 of 13
When entertaining, it's the attention to little details that makes a stylish impact. Koromiko's handcrafted spice dish with spoon will look lovely on the table filled with snow-white salt flakes, pink Himalayan coarse salt, or a dash of finely ground peppercorns.
SHOP NOW: Salt-and-pepper dish, $32, koromiko.com
Tag It4 of 13
Free yourself up from mixing drinks by setting up a DIY bar. Williams-Sonoma's decanter tags take the guesswork out of what's what. Print out a simple recipe for favorite cocktails for each liquor you'll serve (vodka, bourbon, gin, and scotch tags included in the set) and place at the bar along with mixers and accoutrements.
SHOP NOW: Liquor bottle tag set, $30, williams-sonoma.com
Retro Redux5 of 13
Bring back a '70s dining classic with this fondue set. Kids and adults alike will enjoy dipping bread into gooey cheese or melted chocolaty goodness. Plus, its petite size means this pleasing pot tucks away nicely when not in use.
SHOP NOW: Red enamel fondue set, $18, worldmarket.com
Pattern Play6 of 13
Protect tabletops in style with a set of snazzy drink coasters. Designed by Wolfum, the flame stitch pattern is hand-printed on Baltic birch, making these a great hostess gift (hint, hint).
SHOP NOW: Wolfum flame stitch coaster set, $35, stillhouse.com
Instant Charmer7 of 13
A glittering, slithering bottle opener with ample grip for easy uncorking will charm your guests.
SHOP NOW: Snake bottle opener, $30, potterybarn.com
Main Squeeze8 of 13
A workhorse nutcracker should be in every host's bag of tricks. This sturdy, solid zinc version from Kaufmann Mercantile, produced in Germany by a company founded in 1879, is designed to equally distribute pressure, meaning less work and more nuts.
SHOP NOW: Nutcracker, $37, kaufmann-mercantile.com
Hot Dish9 of 13
Even an everyday item like a trivet needs to look its best when under the scrutiny of houseguests. Areaware's playful version expands to fit anything from a small pot to a large casserole.
SHOP NOW: Little big trivet, $20, areaware.com
Clear Choice10 of 13
A beautiful decanter elevates any bottle of wine or juice you intend to serve this holiday season. Vagabond Vintage's borosilicate glass version comes in three sizes, and includes an elegant stopper.
SHOP NOW: Vagabond Vintage clear glass decanters, $38 to $46, mothology.com
All Shook Up11 of 13
A cocktail shaker is an at-home bar must-have, and Williams-Sonoma's mason jar version will mix drinks with a little bit country and whole lot of panache.
SHOP NOW: Mason jar cocktail shaker, $30, williams-sonoma.com
Picky Eaters12 of 13
Fishing around in the olive bowl with bare fingers is très déclassé. Give guests a better option with Crate & Barrel's Orb cocktail pick set. The gray-stained mango-wood holder keeps the picks corralled and at the ready.
SHOP NOW: Orb cocktail pick set, $20, crateandbarrel.com
Master Mix13 of 13
A delightful winter punch is sure to warm guests' bellies and hearts. Terrain's version mixes elderberry, black currant, and orange juices with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add to a bottle of your favorite red wine to amp it up a notch, or keep as-is for non-alcoholic option.
SHOP NOW: Mulled winter punch, $15, shopterrain.com