Entertaining Essentials | The Party Buss

Entertaining Essentials


Here we are. The holiday season is staring us right in the face. And I’m willing to bet there’s at least one dinner party or festive event you’ve somehow found yourself hosting. This is such a hectic time of year, and any tips that get us prepared and ahead of the game are worth their weight in gold.

Entertaining Essentials | The Party Buss

I’m going to give you a peek into my party planning magic and share my must have items for hosting any occasion. These essentials will take you from casual potlucks, family gatherings and cocktail parties, all the way to a formal holiday dinner. In my family I’ve hosted and prepared Thanksgiving eight times, so I’ve learned a lot about which items will get the most use instead of collecting dust in the back of my cabinets.

  • White Platters – This is the “Little Black Dress” of entertaining. Appetizers, large salads, main entrees, desserts, just about everything looks more elegant when arranged on a large white platter. Go ahead and buy everything pre-made and simply arrange it on a big white platter. Instant class! Plus, if your platter is really big it can do double duty as a bar tray, organizing bottles, glasses and garnishes.
  • Stemless Glassware – These are so much more versatile then traditional stemware. You’re definitely gonna get your money’s worth out of these babies!  Mixed drinks, small salads, shrimp cocktail, dips, individual desserts and more instantly become chic when served in these glasses. Bonus:  they are more convenient to clean and store compared to stemware. Oh yeah, and you can drink wine out them, too.
  • Cake Stands – Don’t limit yourself to only displaying cakes and cupcakes. Adding a cake stand brings height to your table or buffet. A cake stand makes a great fruit and cheese plate or a fancy way to display condiments. It also does double duty as a decor piece. During the holidays I love to use mine to feature a small winter village scene.

Entertaining Essentials | The Party Buss

  • Large Wood Cutting Board – Cutting boards are not merely for cutting. A beautiful piece of wood adds a natural texture to your tablescape that is perfect for this time of year. Arranging appetizers, a sandwich selection or crudités on a large wood board creates a warm, rustic display. If the board is big enough, it can be a tray to hold an after dinner coffee and drinks station.
  • Cloth Napkins – A “real” napkin shows that you’re a considerate hostess. They elevate any meal or occasion and subtly shows guests you’re treating their visit as a special occasion. These are a simple way to add color and pattern to a table without having to purchase or organize tons of tablecloths or different dishware patterns. After you’ve selected nice napkins, channel your inner Martha Stewart and learn how to do a fancy napkin fold.
  • Hurricane Vase – Does your table need a centerpiece? If you own a hurricane vase, you already have one! There are endless possibilities for what you can fill a glass container with. I used a pair of these at my wedding filled with rose petals that guests tossed as we left our reception. Anything seasonal is perfectly highlighted in a hurricane; mini pumpkins, Christmas ornaments, pine cones, wine corks, seashells, or simple floral and greenery arrangements. Once the party’s over, move it to your mantle and enjoy it all season long.

Entertaining Essentials | The Party Buss

  • Serving Silverware – You NEVER have as much of this as you think. Nothing’s worse than preparing a big meal for a crowd and using rinky dink spoons (or worse, ugly plastic nonsense) to serve your food. Serving spoons and forks, cheese knives, spreaders, a salad set, a cake slicer – all of these will “serve” you well time and time again. Yeah, I said it. Moving along…
  • Glass Trifle Dish – This is a beautiful piece for serving layered salads and desserts. Look for a clear glass style that will show off food’s color and texture on your buffet. A trifle dish can even be repurposed as a punchbowl in a pinch!

Entertaining Essentials | The Party Buss

  • A Signature Item –  Have a special recipe you can make with your eyes closed? Own heirloom china from Grandma?  Do you make killer playlists? Take some time to figure out what you look forward to when being a hostess and embrace it. Entertaining should be fun for you, too. Your unique touch will make an impression on your guests and they’ll look forward to it each time they receive your invitation.

I hope my list prepares you for the holiday season and beyond. I personally own every item on this list and am still amazed at how often I use them. Each of these items is like a classic wardrobe item; you can mix and match them with pieces you already own. They’ll be in heavy rotation during the holidays, but I bet you’ll find yourself reaching for them time and time again the rest of the year. No matter how you celebrate this season, these staples are will help you become the confident hostess you’ve always wanted to be!

Overwhelmed at the thought of planning your own holiday party? Don’t stress! Click here to download your free copy of my Holiday Party Planning Cheat Sheet.

Images via pinterest.

  1. Pingback: cialis canada prescription

  2. Pingback: viagra natural

  3. Pingback: viagra without doctor prescription

  4. Pingback: viagra connect

  5. Pingback: generic viagra

  6. Pingback: viagra vs cialis

  7. Pingback: cialis tablets

  8. Pingback: cialis prices

  9. Pingback: cialis dosage

  10. Pingback: tadalafil

  11. Pingback: sildenafil

  12. Pingback: viagra tablets

  13. Pingback: tadalafil 20mg

  14. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg

  15. Pingback: cialis online

  16. Pingback: generic cialis

  17. Pingback: levitra

  18. Pingback: cialis 20mg

  19. Pingback: cialis coupon

  20. Pingback: viagra

  21. Pingback: buy viagra

  22. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg coupon

  23. Pingback: cialis oral jelly

  24. Pingback: buy cialis

  25. Pingback: alprostadil price

  26. Pingback: alprostadil

  27. Pingback: fluoxetine 10 mg

  28. Pingback: prozac medication

  29. Pingback: prozac generic

  30. Pingback: fluoxetine 20 mg

  31. Pingback: fluoxetine hcl

  32. Pingback: biaxin coupons

  33. Pingback: biaxin coupon

  34. Pingback: cost of biaxin antibiotic

  35. Pingback: biaxin antibiotic

  36. Pingback: biaxin generic

  37. Pingback: sildenafil citrate

  38. Pingback: levitra 20mg best price

  39. Pingback: cialis 20mg tablets prices

  40. Pingback: viagra pills

  41. Pingback: levitra 20 mg

  42. Pingback: diflucan 150 mg

  43. Pingback: best price for viagra

  44. Pingback: cialis generic prices

  45. Pingback: simvastatin 20 mg

  46. Pingback: lipitor generic

  47. Pingback: amiodarone 200 mg

  48. Pingback: augmentin 875 mg

  49. Pingback: azithromycin 250 mg

  50. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg

  51. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  52. Pingback: levofloxacin 750 mg

  53. Pingback: levitra generic

  54. Pingback: cialis generic pharmacy

  55. Pingback: cialis generic tadalafil

  56. Pingback: cialis generic availability 2018

  57. Pingback: cialis generic availability

  58. Pingback: cialis generic name

  59. Pingback: cialis generic

  60. Pingback: tadalafil generic best price

  61. Pingback: tadalafil generic

  62. Pingback: generic cialis tadalafil uk

  63. Pingback: generic cialis tadalafil

  64. Pingback: generic cialis available

  65. Pingback: generic cialis 20mg

  66. Pingback: cost cialis 20mg

  67. Pingback: cialis tablets australia

  68. Pingback: cialis pills for sale

  69. Pingback: cialis pills

  70. Pingback: tadalafil 40 mg

  71. Pingback: Buy cialis online

  72. Pingback: http://cialisonla.com/

  73. Pingback: hdmobilesex.me

  74. Pingback: 965IjFmJClG

  75. Pingback: newtube tube planet151 afeu23na1143 abdu23na28

  76. Pingback: download on mobile335 afeu23na4292 abdu23na67

  77. Pingback: newtube tube planet984 afeu23na1445 abdu23na53

  78. Pingback: freshamateurs215 abdu23na4180 abdu23na0

  79. Pingback: freshamateurs645 abdu23na2182 abdu23na28

  80. Pingback: Cialis coupon

  81. Pingback: Cialis generic

  82. Pingback: writeessay

  83. Pingback: Cialis prices

  84. Pingback: Buy cialis online

  85. Pingback: Cialis prices

  86. Pingback: Buy cialis online

  87. Pingback: Viagra 5mg

  88. Pingback: Generic for cialis

  89. Pingback: Cialis generic

  90. Pingback: Viagra pills

  91. Pingback: Buy cialis online

  92. Pingback: Viagra online

  93. Pingback: Cialis 20mg

There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment.

Leave a Comment


aka The Party Buss

Birthday parties, graduation parties, large scale events, happy hours & much more, Angie works with her clients to make everyday a party!

Get Inspired

Insta Inspiration

Let’s Do Brunch!

Brunch 101_v2

Instagram Photos

What I’m Pinning