We aren’t hosting for the holidays this year, but I do love having family and friends over to our house for dinner or drinks. I’m not picky! I am pretty good at stocking up on everyday glass wear and serve ware items (see my checklist here!) that I’ve built up over the years, but having “special” items for company are a great addition to your kitchen arsenal (is that a thing?). Whether you’re hosting family or friends- or just want to stock up on kitchen items and serve ware, here are some important items to get you started.
CHEESE + CHARCUTERIE BOARDS
You guys know I love a good charcuterie or cheese board! It’s such a fun and easy way to cover the appetizer part of a meal. Don’t feel like doing a big elaborate dinner? Invite people over for charcuterie and drinks only. You can add something new each time to mix it up depending on your guests’ preferences. Here are some tips on how to put a charcuterie board together. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite boards below. Marble or natural stone is a great option to keep meats and cheeses cold but I always love the warmth of a natural wood board, too!
Click directly on my finds below to shop or use the numbered links at the bottom of each collage…
01: cheese board set // 02: round serving board // 03: cheese knives // 04: cheese board and carafe set // 05: round marble cheese board // 06: marble cheese board set // 07: large wood cheese board // 08: monogram serving board // 09: acacia cheese board // 10: cheese serving set // 11: round charcuterie board // 12: slate cheese board // 13: marble cheese board
CARAFES + DECANTERS
I’ve mentioned my obsession with Tour wine glasses before, and that obsession also applies to carafes and decanters! I love them both, because they are the perfect combination of useful and beautiful! That sharp angle is so pretty and sculptural. If you are a red wine drinker, using a decanter helps the wine “breathe” and is supposed to improve the taste. Carafes are good to have for water on a bedside table in a guest room or for juice at breakfast… OR better yet- a brunch mimosa bar, because you know I’m into waffles and champagne. Putting any liquid into a carafe or decanter looks so elegant; you can’t go wrong! Here are some of my favorites (I may already have this Tour Wine Carafe in my cart)… you can also find lots more barware & bar tools in this post.
01: marble base carafe // 02: swoon wine decanter // 03: tour wine carafe // 04: tour decanter // 05: monogram carafe // 06: rothwell decanter // 07: decanter // 08: valencia wine carafe // 09: pura decanting system
OVERSIZED SERVING DISHES
Can you have too many serving dishes? Asking for myself, ha! I don’t think so (Emmett begs to differ). I love to mix and match different big bowls and larger dishes or platters, so I always have options to serve a variety of food. You can’t go wrong with white (all of our regular dishes are white), but I also love mixing things up with patterned or colored serving dishes for some fun, too. Here are some options with great color, texture, and pattern (my three favorite things)!
01: rectangular serving platter // 02: oval platter // 03: bowl set // 04: wooden bowl set // 05: baroque serving platter // 06: large serving platter // 07: whitewash bowl // 08: oval organic platter // 09: blue platter // 10: bamboo platter // 11: wood platter
When you have big serving dishes, I love complimenting them with serving utensils. There are lots of fun options out there made of wood, marble, bone inlay, and obviously metal! Like the serving dishes, I enjoy having fun with unique utensils that can be used for just about anything from salad to vegetables. My favorites in all kinds of materials can be found below.
ICE BUCKETS + BEVERAGE TUBS
It’s cold and snowy in Utah right now, so icing down drinks isn’t necessarily important but I always have an ice bucket and beverage tub on hand. I typically set out a bucket for guests to ice down their drinks or a tub to keep cans and bottles cold. In the warmer months we love to be out on the patio (remember our 4th of July BBQ or fall dinner party?) and a beverage tub stocked with all the essentials is a great way to keep drinks close so you can focus on the fun! Here are some unique options…
01: prospect ice bucket // 02: silver beverage tub // 03: metal beverage tub // 04: clear ice bucket // 05: galvanized beverage tub // 06: linen white ice bucket // 07: copper ice bucket // 08: graphite and wood ice bucket // 09: dawson ice bucket // 10: corkcicle ice bucket // 11: champagne ice bucket // 12: gold bash beverage tub // 13: beverage chiller ice tub
Are you hosting friends or family over the holidays and adding anything to your kitchen? It’s probably no surprise I have a decanter and some new serve ware on my list. I hope you’re all having a good week so far!