I tend not to entertain as much as I’d like to - I prefer to sit at home by myself in my PJs, I suppose. But, since I’d like to host more, I rounded up a few items that would make entertaining more fun. I think all of them would be well appreciated by the person that’s always inviting you over.
Psst! Everything is plastic free, btw.
1. Wooden serving board: This beautiful serving board is handmade by my pal Nicole of Vestige Home. She makes pretty wooden beauties as well as designs gorgeous homes. This serving board is available at West Elm, but she has handmade spoons and other wooden objects available for sale in her shop.
2. Cheese board: Cheese. Need I say more?
3. Effortless Entertaining Cookbook: I think it’s safe to say even the most meticulous party planners and type-a entertainers like it to feel effortless. This cookbook has some simple and classic, yet unique recipes sure to please.
4. Cheese making kit: Drop a hint that you’re into cheese with this kit and the cheese board in #2.
5. Napkins: My friend Erin makes these napkins with natural fabrics and dyes. I have a pillow, notebook, and coasters from her shop, but need to add napkins one day.
6. Wine stopper: These handmade walnut wine stoppers are great for the host that opens everyone’s favorite bottle of wine and ends up with a bunch of unfinished bottles.
7. Welcome mat: This mat reads “come in” when walking inside and then “go away” when you’re heading out. Perfect for the witty host.
8. Two tier cake stand: Cake stands can really hold anything - lil’ sandwiches, cookies, hors d’oeuvres, cakes, cheese - anything!
9. Pitcher: Everything tastes better when poured out of a pretty pitcher.
10. Clock: For the people that like hosting but also like it when guests leave before the host’s bedtime.
12. Wooden jenga: We had friends over the other day and didn’t have any activities to keep us occupied. I wished we had this wooden jenga game (we used to own this same one but I must have lost it). I like that the wood is pretty enough that the set could be on display rather than shoved in a closet.
13. Silicone ice cube tray: These actual cube ice cubes make beverages look extra fancy.
14. Felt coasters: Coasters are made out of everything nowadays, but I’m a fan of felt ones. They’re soft, absorbent, and simple. They mix with pretty much any decor style, too.
15. Ceramic mugs: Perhaps treat your host to a set of mugs to replace the mismatched ones that they’re not a fan of.
Check out more of my gift guides:
Gift Guide for Anyone with a Coffee Table
Gift Guide for Makers
Gift Guide for Old House Lovers
Gift Guide for Those Going Zero Waste
Gift Guide of My Personal Wish List
Gift Guide for Organizers and Tidiers
Gift Guide for Entertainers
Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers
Gift guide for Homebodies
Gift Guide for Techies and Smart Homes