Nothing like hosting a large dinner party to amp up the stress factor over your typical casual get together. When the pressure is on and you’re having all your nearest and dearest over for a large family meal you’ll want to make sure you’re not left washing dishes because you’re short a few spoons. But we’ve got you covered, consider these items for your next party, and be one step closer to stress-free entertaining before your first guests arrive.
Chargers to dress up your dinner table
Chargers are like jewelry for your dining table, they bring everything together and add a bit of glam. We love a a glitzy gold or silver charger to bring a little festivity and elevate your dinner party.While not completely necessary, they can tie together the overall look of the dinner table and set the stage for a more formal gathering.
Extra Flatware in Gold or Silver
Kate Spade Larabee Dot Flatware in Gold — Stainless Steel 4 Piece Flatware — Gold Serving Spoons I also have these (and use daily) super affordable stainless ones, This open stock gold flatware from Target is killing it!
No one wants to be washing spoons and forks in between dinner and dessert. Buying additional mix and match flatware in gold or stainless is never a bad idea. You can go with a simple budget friendly stainless place setting or a splurge worthy Kate Spade gold flatware set . Another idea we love is to start collecting a mix of vintage silver pieces, try looking on Etsy, Ebay or often time estate sales will be a good source.
Water, Wine and Cocktail Glasses
Making sure you have enough water, wine and drinking glasses for your guests is another often forgotten item. For special get togethers and holidays my mom always had pitcher and a set of water goblets stashed that she would bring out to dress up the dining table. As kids we loved the tradition, it made dinner feel so much more special and I still love it today. A good choice are these goblet party glasses or you could dress up your table with some fancy glasses like these galaxy glasses and having some special wine glasses are always a great idea.
Plates and Serving Platters
In my opinion you can never have too many dinner plates or platters especially for large gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas or really any type of party in between. When thinking about buying a lot of extra plates on a budget Amazon has a great basics collection that is a very nice price point and has very good reviews. Investing in a set of china for special occasions is another tried and true tradition. We love the preppy Kate Spade China in gold polka dots and a slightly more casual classic blue and white pattern of the Elsie Dinnerware could be used everyday as well as special events.
The dining table is usually full with food so I like to leave room and accessorize the dining table by choosing attractive and and useful items keeping the decorations to a simple few candlesticks. We like a classic linen tablecloth, serving bowls, butter dishes, gravy boats and salt and pepper shakers all contribute to a pulled together space.