I love having friends over for dinner as well as hosting big parties. However, when I got married, I only registered for the “practical” stuff – small appliances, dishes, and linens. Over the last few years, I’ve collected great pieces that are perfect for entertaining, but often wish that I had included some of these items on my wedding registry.
I’ve compiled this list of some of my favorite (and useful!) pieces that every hostess should keep on hand. So, if you’re a bride that loves to entertain crowds large or small, don’t hesitate to add a few of these fun items to your registry. These pieces would also make the perfect Mother’s Day, birthday, housewarming, or holiday gifts for friends and family that love to entertain!
Make an elegant statement with this simple, but stunning tiered server. Removable rectangular plates nestle in the portable stand with a simple, stylish design. This Tiered Stand is perfect for displaying fruit and cheese, cupcakes, cookies and other delicious goodies!
Effortlessly move the party to the living room or backyard with this Wine Bottle and Glass Caddy. It’s crafted from beautiful sheesham wood, and would look fabulous on display in a dining room.
Soapstone has amazing thermal properties and the Oven-to-Table Entertainment Platter will keep food at the perfect temperature for serving. Put the soapstone in the freezer for up to an hour and use it to serve fruit or ice cream. Heat it up in the oven to serve hot appetizers or dessert. You can even bake directly on the platter!
Serve up 10 quarts of your beverage of choice (we’d choose sangria!) in this attractive, handmade Glass Beverage Dispenser.
There are certain occasions (i.e. backyard gatherings or ones that include children) that necessitate the use of casual, unbreakable dishes. This Azul Round Dinnerware is made of durable melamine and features a colorful floral pattern- a fantastic choice for summer entertaining.
The Trudeau Duo Tone Floral Wine Charms are made of silicone and adjust to fit on any stem glass. There are 12 in the set and they can stay attached to the glass in the dishwasher. Pair these sweet flowers with a bottle of wine for a fun hostess gift!
Set up this beautiful tray table anywhere you need a little extra space for food or drinks. This stylish Lajos Tray Table features chrome bamboo inspired legs and is also offered in several different color and texture combinations.
Fill these eye-catching glass jars with decorative fruit, plants or flowers. Better yet, stock up on your favorite candy! The Voluminous Containers come in several sizes and will add a special touch to your décor.
A lovely choice for a casual evening with friends, the Picnic Time Heritage Collection Marble Top Acacia Wood Cheese Board features a hidden compartment that pulls out to reveal knives for slicing and spreading both soft and hard cheeses. This cutting board set is convenient, compact, and oh-so-lovely.
You are well on your way to becoming “hostess with the mostess” if you’ve added any of these to your registry! Or, you’ve made a loved one very happy if you’ve gifted them with one of these great pieces. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more Gifts We Love for Entertaining if you need some last minute Mother’s Day ideas!
by Rebecca Haar, RegistryFinder GiveIt blog contributor and entertaining expert
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