Christmas Party Essentials

Everyone wants their holiday party to stand out, but knowing how to do it without too much fuss is half the battle! Which is why we've put together this guide to all the essential items you need to wow your guests, while still being able to have a good time yourself.

When your guests first arrive, many are going to be in the mood for some Holiday Spirits, so make sure you are prepared with a selection of the most popular alcohols, like beer, wine, vodka, rum, and gin; along with a variety of mixers like cola, lemon-lime soda, club soda, tonic water, orange juice, and cranberry juice. For the season you may also want to have hot apple cider, egg nog, or champagne. And be sure to put just as much thought into presentation.

 Unique touches like the Irving Penguin Cocktail Shaker are sure to bring a smile to your friends' faces.

 Keep up the winter theme with snowflake shaped ice cubes. Easy to make thanks to this special ice cube tray, but just as certain to impress.

 Your wine-loving friends shouldn't be left out of the Winter fun. The adorable Kingsley Penguin Winged Corkscrew adds a bit of whimsy to opening a favorite bottle.

 The glasses you serve your drinks in can be just as important. These Ravenscroft Crystal Distiller Martini Glasses bring a modern elegance to any affair, and make sure your drinks look delicious.

 Wine lovers can be even more finicky about their glassware, so make sure to give them something they can appreciate. These crystal Bordeaux glasses perfectly accentuate the aromas of the wine in a beautiful and contemporary design.

 If you decided to pick up some champagne (Veuve Clicquot and Pommery being our favorites), make sure to be ready for a toast. Ravenscroft's Vintner's Choice crystal flutes work perfectly for the occasion, though we can't help you with the toast itself.

 We certainly wouldn't want to forget our beer drinkers. Let them have a little fun, while keeping track of their bottle, with these neck markers. The variety of colors makes it easy to tell which brew is yours, and when you go to take a sip, it creates the illusion that you have an old-time mustache, which only gets funnier with each drink.

  Obviously your guests are going to get at least slightly peckish, particularly after drinking so much, so you will need to be prepared with some food. A nice variety of cheeses is always a good idea, but don't just throw them on a plate. Make a presentation of them with a nice platter, like this slate cheeseboard, with handles for easy carrying.

 Your guests will also need something with which to cut the, erm, well... the cheese. So make sure they can do that in style as well (stop giggling), with this gorgeous gold plated knife set. A perfect compliment to any holiday decor. 

 It would probably be a good idea to offer up more than just cheese to munch on, and this beautiful volume by entertaining expert Martha Stewart is filled with ideas. And don't worry, there are plenty of recipes in here for every skill level.

 Fondue is always fun, though perhaps best suited for smaller gatherings. Whether you're interested in going with sweet or savory options, this set by Rachel Ray will keep your dip warm and look good doing it.

 Make your life a little easier with this easy-to-clean and easy-to-store stackable party bowl set. Fill it with a variety of chips and dips or maybe some smoked salmon and nibbly things and let your guests have it, then just clean them up, stack them up and store them away until your next soiree.

 Should you feel that your guests might need plates and/or bowls for the food you've got planned, this Gibson Barberware Dinnerware set is perfect for a Christmas feast. With the festive red coloring and simple but elegant design, these dishes will beautifully compliment any decor.

 And one can't forget to decorate for the party. These wine ornaments will be sure to make the lushiest of your friends smile.

 Place a few old wine bottles topped off with this candelabra by Boulevard on your table and around the food to brighten things up, and remind your friends of how clever you are.

 And lastly, remember that alcohol consumption is not known for improving people's coordination. Encourage your guests to find alternate means of transportation getting home, and be ready for the inevitable spill. Wine Out will help make sure that any Merlot related messes aren't made into a permanent part of your decorating scheme.

Good luck with your party, and Merry Christmas from all of us!

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