Entertaining, How To

What I Use and Love When Entertaining Guests

I’ve always loved to entertain, and over the years I’ve amassed a collection of items I use and love when entertaining guests. Today, I’m sharing everything I use and love, as well as my Easter/spring table edit.

Linens: It is impossible for me to resist good table linens–I have a large amount of vintage Irish linen from my grandmother, but most of it is embroidered with a “B” for my maiden name, so it isn’t often used any more. I love browsing Porthault, Julia Amory, and Pink House Design for inspiration. My favorite cocktail napkins are from August Morgan.

Cheese and charcuterie: I bought these cheese knives many years ago and they’ve served me well over the years. A great cheese board is always an essential, and I love this one. Don’t forget the crackers: this vintage-inspired cracker tray is perfect for that.

Serving: I love serving hors d’oeuvres on silver trays–you can find great ones on The Well-Appointed House, Etsy, Chairish, and Replacements.com. A butler tray table or a bar cart are great options for displaying food. I also always find baskets helpful to hold some sort of treat or arrangement. These snack bowls are such a beautiful and practical gift, and a great way to enliven even cocktail hour on your own.

Candles: I have the best time matching my candles to my table linens, and the Caspari Stone Blue Straight Taper candles have been in constant rotation during warmer months. I love a simple and elegant look for candlesticks, like these from The Well-Appointed House.

Barware is always fun to collect, and I love tracking down beautiful vintage pieces to add to my collection. In addition to the vintage-inspired champagne coupes I’m obsessed with, I love choosing pieces from Houses & Parties’ amazing curation. There are many great places to find vintage barware, and you can read my guide to online antique and vintage shopping, including my favorite sources, here. Don’t forget a set of bar tools, and an elegant pitcher for a batch of cocktails.

Setting the table: I love preparing for a dinner party and seating arrangements are a favorite part. This table planner and place card set makes rearranging easy. For your place cards, don’t forget elegant place card holders, and be sure to perfect your calligraphy for your menus with this calligraphy practice pad and tools.

Cutlery: If you don’t have a collection of silver flatware (or are not interested in starting your own collection), I love this set from Sabre and this set of bamboo-handled flatware.

You can find my complete spring/Easter table edit here. Other helpful posts for entertaining: entertaining tips for the holidays and five things to remember when hosting a dinner party.

3 thoughts on “What I Use and Love When Entertaining Guests

    1. They are so fun to use, I love them! (And use them for so many drinks, not just champagne!) And yes, I feel like we’ve had two summer days here in New York but the bugs are out in FULL force already. I hope you’re having a lovely start to your June, Alyssa!

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