13 Holiday Entertaining Essentials You'll Need for Your Next Dinner Party

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The holiday season is the perfect time to gather with loved ones around the dinner table. And no matter who's attending and what's on the menu, hosting a beautiful party doesn't have to be stressful—after all, all you need are a few key essentials.

From make-your-own dinnerware sets to festive candles and beyond, there are tons of picks out there that are budget-friendly, practical, and stylish. Whether or not it's your first time hosting or your 20th, these finds will make you look like a seasoned pro.

Here, the best holiday entertaining essentials.

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Estelle Colored Glass Wine Glasses

Estelle Hand-blown Colored Wine Glasses (Set of 6)

Estelle Colored Glass

No matter what you're toasting to this holiday season, Estelle's Colored Glass Wine Glasses are the perfect way to do it in style. The 16.5-ounce glasses are offered in a variety of vibrant hues that'll add a welcomed pop of color to any tablescape, including festive colors like mint, emerald, and red.

The hand-blown glassware is offered in either a set of two or six. Whether you want to mix-and-match with a larger set or stick to a cohesive color scheme, this unique colored glassware is sure to be a hit with your guests—we'll cheers to that.

Our Table Textured Tablecloth

Textured Tablecloth
Textured Tablecloth .

Bed Bath & Beyond

Our Table's Textured Tablecloth is an easy way to dress up any dining table. The design is offered in several shapes, sizes, and colors, and features a subtle textured design that adds an extra layer of style to any tablescape.

One of the best parts of this minimal tablecloth is that it makes cleaning up a breeze. The design, which is made of a cotton-polyester blend, can be both machine-washed and dried, so it's easy to keep in good condition between uses. Plus, the budget-friendly price means you can stock up on several tablecloths to have on hand.

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Covered Baker

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Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole.

Williams Sonoma

Le Creuset's Heritage Stoneware Covered Baker is sure to come in handy no matter what you're cooking up. The rectangular porcelain dish is safe for the oven, broiler, freezer, and microwave, so you can use it to prepare just about anything you have in mind.

The dish is designed with an enamel-glaze finish that'll protect it from scratches, chips, and stains over time. It includes a matching fitted lid that'll lock in moisture and makes it easy to store dishes before serving. Plus, the vintage-inspired design is offered in a range of colors you'll want to have on display between uses.

Robert Welch Kingham Ultimate 8-Piece Serving Set

Robert Welch Kingham Ultimate 8-Piece Serving Set
Robert Welch Kingham Ultimate 8-Piece Serving Set.

Williams Sonoma

No matter what's on the menu for your next gathering, the Robert Welch Kingham Ultimate 8-Piece Serving Set ensures you'll be able to serve your guests with ease. The 8-piece stainless steel set includes all of the essentials for everything from appetizers to dessert.

The set includes a serving fork, serving spoon, slotted spoon, pastry server, gourmet serving spoon, gravy ladle, soup ladle, and butter knife. Each piece is dishwasher-safe and hand-polished for a shining finish that'll sit pretty with any dish.

Violet Rose Hand-Marbled Taper Candles

Violet Rose Hand-Marbled Taper Candles
Violet Rose Hand-Marbled Taper Candles.

Food52

Taper candles are the perfect way to set a cozy, elegant tone at a holiday gathering. Since they're offered in a variety of shapes and colors, Violet Roses's Hand-Marbled Taper Candles are a unique option you can't go wrong with.

The set includes six candles, each of which has an 11-hour burn time. The candles are hand-marbled in three pastel shades and will make for a subtle, whimsical addition to any dinner party, no matter how you style them.

Williams Sonoma Impressionist Centerpiece

Impressionist Centerpiece
Impressionist Centerpiece.

Williams Sonoma

Thanks to William Sonoma's Impressionist Centerpiece, you can dress up your holiday tablescape with ease. The 48-inch centerpiece is handcrafted with a variety of stunning dried florals that'll make a striking statement.

The piece includes air-dried larkspur, lavender, echinops, oregano, avena, pearly everlasting, ammobium, and yarrow. Together, the florals offer muted pops of color that'll pair well with any candles, table linens, and other decorative pieces you plan on using. Plus, thanks to its low profile, guests will be able to see each other across the table.

Pottery Barn Tahoe Fair Isle Stoneware Dinner Plates - Set of 4

Tahoe Fair Isle Stoneware Dinner Plates

Pottery Barn

Pulling out festive dinnerware for your tablescape is an easy way to add some holiday cheer. While holiday-themed dinner plates can easily veer into "cheesy" territory, Pottery Barn's Tahoe Fair Isle Stoneware Dinner Plates are cheerful without going overboard. Made of stoneware and finished with a design that's reminiscent of traditional winter sweaters, these plates are a no-brainer. And if you really love them, Pottery Barn offers the design in other formats as well, including salad plates and bowls.

Oliver Bonas Kyto Double Sided Glass Candlestick Holders, Set of Four

Kyto Double Sided Glass Candlestick Holders Set of Four
Kyto Double Sided Glass Candlestick Holders Set of Four.

Oliver Bonas

If candles are part of your holiday décor, be sure to consider the Kyto Double Sided Glass Candlestick holders by Oliver Bonas. The set includes four holders that can be used for both tea lights and taper candles, so you can change up which style you prefer.

The candle holders come in four different shades—green, yellow, blue, and pink. The double-sided style features a ribbed design throughout and is budget-friendly, so you can either stock up or give them as a thoughtful hostess gift.

West Elm Origin Plaid Napkins

Origin Plaid Napkins

West Elm

Cloth napkins, like West Elm's Origin Plaid Napkins, are an easy way to elevate any tablescape. If you want to get a set of festive napkins, you can't do much better than this set of four, which features a traditional plaid design that'll work well with any other table linens you're using. Each napkin is made with 100 percent cotton and is machine-washable, so you won't have to worry about caring for them between uses.

Crate & Barrel Teak Root Wedge Reclaimed Wood Serving Board

Teak Root Wedge Reclaimed Wood Serving Board
Teak Root Wedge Reclaimed Wood Serving Board.

Williams Sonoma

If a charcuterie board is on the agenda for your next holiday gathering, this wooden serving board from Crate & Barrel is a must-have. The wooden board features irregular growth patterns and a curved design that'll look like a piece of art on the table.

Since the design is made of a cross-cut section of teak root, each board will slightly vary in shape, color, and size—essentially, you'll have a one-of-a-kind piece. Plus, the 15-inch board leaves plenty of room for cheese, crackers, nuts, dips, and any other treats you want to serve.

Kinn Set of 6 Clear Glasses

Set of 6 Clear Glasses
Set of 6 Clear Glasses.

Kinn

Kinn's Set of 6 Clear Glasses are a great kitchen staple you'll be glad to have beyond the holidays. The minimal glasses pair well with any dinnerware and specialty drinkware you're using, and are perfect for holding anything from water to your signature cocktail.

The set is offered in two glass sizes—either 8 or 12 ounces. Each glass can be washed in a dishwasher on a low temperature cycle, making it easy to clean up after any party. Plus, they're budget-friendly, making it easy to stock up if you need any additional glasses.

Majamoo Pot Stand Set

Pot Stand Set
Pot Stand Set.

Finnish Design Shop

Majamoo's Pot Stand Set is sure to come in handy no matter what's on the menu. The set includes two trivets that can be used for both hot and cold dishes, making it both a stylish and practical addition for holiday hosting.

The trivets are made of Finnish birch plywood and are designed with a wavy shape that'll look like a decorative piece on your table. Plus, the set includes stands of two different sizes, so they'll be able to accommodate all different dishes.

Sferra Festival Placemats

Festival Placemats
Festival Placemats .

Sferra

Sferra's Festival Placemats make for a beautiful addition to your next dinner party. Each minimal placemat features hand thread drawn hemstitching that'll make each guest feel like they have a handmade piece in front of them. They're made of 100 percent linen and can be purchased as a set of four—and with a whopping 101 colors to choose from, you can have a cohesive look or mix and match for a more eclectic style.

Why Trust MyDomaine?

Jamie Weissman is an associate commerce editor for MyDomaine. From décor to gifting and more, she's covered a variety of holiday and home topics and knows what makes a product great. To make this list, she considered each product's price, style, and care instructions.