Top Must-Haves for Holiday Entertaining

I love being a hostess! I want my family and friends to associate my home with good food, great conversation, and lots of laughs. I like having my best girlfriends over for brunch and mimosas on the first day of school. I like inviting my next door neighbors over on a summer night for some impromptu strawberry shortcakes and iced tea on my back patio. And this year, I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner for (almost) my whole family, ten adults and twelve kids!

Gifts We Love for Entertaining

So when it’s time to create your wedding registry, try adding a few of these favorite (dare I say, “essential”??) items we love for entertaining. Whether it’s an intimate gathering, or a full-blown family holiday dinner, Bed Bath & Beyond has everything you need to make sure you truly are the “hostess with the mostess”!

Artisanal Tiered Marble Server

Artisanal Tiered Marble Server

I bought this as a Christmas gift for my boss a couple years ago, and he and his wife LOVED it! This 2-tiered marble server is such a unique way to set up an assortment of cheeses and crackers for a quiet evening with a few friends and a good bottle of wine. Or set this server out with some appetizers before the main course. The stand is collapsible for easy storage, and the marble trays can also be used separately as serving boards.

Appetizer Plates

Appetizer Plates

There are kitchen items that stay stored away until they’re needed; and then there are the kitchen staples that you use ALL the time! This unassuming little stack of white appetizer plates are one of my kitchen staples! The iron caddy makes these plates easy to store and carry over to wherever you’re serving your favorite tapas. And after an evening of entertaining, the plates can be loaded up into your dishwasher for a simple cleanup!

 Martini Glasses with Shaker

Martini Glasses with Shaker

Shake and pour your favorite martinis and Manhattans with this elegant set of glasses and sophisticated shaker. For holiday entertaining, swap out your classic cocktails for some seasonal martini recipes with favorite autumn flavor combinations: vanilla and pear or apples with caramel.

stemless wine glasses

Stemless Wine Glasses

For a more casual chic vibe, pour your favorite bottle of red into these stemless wine glasses. I love the different patterns that break up the monotony of too much matchy matchy (and also makes it easier to remember that yours was the glass with the spirals!) And bonus: these playful glasses are also dishwasher safe.

bamboo board

Bamboo Serving Tray

Charcuterie boards are my love language. My heart (and soon-after my tummy!) is so happy when I go to a party and see a delicious display of cured meats, assorted cheeses, crackers, nuts, grapes, olives, and the list can go on and on! And, obviously, I love serving them to my own guests! This bamboo entertaining set comes with 3 bowls and little serving spoons, for some sweet fig preserves, salty olive tapenade, or some crunchy pistachios. Just make sure you hand wash this bamboo board at the end of the night to keep it from warping in the dishwasher.

drink dispenser

Drink Dispensers

Whenever my Aunt Geri hosts a family gathering, you can bet that her drink dispenser will be out on her kitchen counter. She uses it for everything from cucumber mint infused water to sweet iced tea, and my personal favorite: her secret recipe for the BEST sparkling punch you’ll ever taste! But with this double drink dispenser from Bed Bath & Beyond, your guests can have two different drink options, each labeled on the cute little chalkboard panel.

melamine dinner set

Melamine Dinnerware Set

Having a nice set of melamine dishes makes any gathering kid-friendly. This cream-colored dish set is neutral enough to use all year long from those summer BBQ’s out on the patio to a festive Christmas Eve dinner with the whole family. You don’t have to worry about your sweet little niece or nephew chipping your fine china plates, and your mother in-law will be more than happy to help with cleanup since these dishes are dishwasher safe!

butler tray

Butler Tray

If you need a little extra table space to entertain your guests out on your deck, or if you just want to make your wine and cheese tasting a little more portable, this wicker tray table is the perfect addition to your serving essentials! The resin wicker serving tray easily lifts on and off the sleek steel frame, so that you can load it up in the kitchen and transfer it to wherever your guests are seated. The all-weather resin coating makes this little serving tray safe to leave outdoors as an extra side table all year long. Or it can be easily folded and stored away for whenever you need it!

cake dome

Cake Dome

Don’t forget dessert! After all, “a party without cake is just a meeting.” Use this cake dome server to display a sweet show stopping treat. But this server is not just a cake dome! It’s a versatile piece that can also be used as a punch bowl, hors’devours platter with dip, or even a sleek salad bowl. It’s pretty AND multi-purpose; a definite essential for entertaining!


Now I’ve given you a little taste of everything you might need to make entertaining for your own family and friends a great success! Check out our Pinterst board, Gifts We Love for Entertaining, for more hostess inspiration. And our Give It Blog is full of ideas for creating a well-rounded wedding registry with Bed Bath & Beyond, including our Top Splurge Registry Items, Healthy Wedding Gifts, Our Top 10 Kitchen Registry Gift Picks, and more! And check out Our Favorite Cooking Tools (and Recipes!) as a guide for hosting a delectable holiday feast! Happy hosting!

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