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Holiday Entertaining: What To Buy, What To Skip

Throwing a few parties this season? Before you pay through the nose for a single votive or other entertaining item, check out what’s on our list of best buys. (And no, we don’t profit if you decide to buy!)

By Milena Damjanov

Snack Central
Sure, a chip-and-dip tray is convenient. However, you'll get more bang
for your buck by investing in a few pretty bowls and wood trays to
create snack stations around the house. You’ll have enough left over for pretty cocktail napkins.

Skip This:

Nito Chip & Dip Tray

Consider These:

Geo-Pattern Egawari 6 inch Bowl
$5.95 each,

Oblong Appetizer Trays

Fuchsia Stripe Border Paper Cocktail Napkins
$4.95 for 20,

Mood Boosters
A hurricane sleeve placed over a pillar candle creates a nice
effect. But for that kind of money, why not go for extra ambiance
instead? Buy a few lilac votive holders to scatter about the room, a set of
pretty doily placemats for the table, and a sweet vase for flowers.

Skip This:

Hourglass Hurricane Sleeve

Consider These:

Lilac Purple Stencil Print Rice Paper Votive

Doily Placemat

Ikea Farm Vase
$2.99 each,

Bar Stock
No swanky bar area is complete without an ice bucket. Still, you'll
get more mileage by stocking up on a plethora of cute-and-useful cocktail accessories, including a stylish pitcher, stemless wine glasses, and conversation-starter coasters.

Skip This:

Nambe Ice Bucket with Tongs

Consider These:

Letterpress Owl Coasters
$16 for set of eight,

Stemless Wine Glasses

Centro Glass Pitcher

Laura Himmelein is an editor and writer in New Jersey who also runs Party Cake, Party Cake, a business that specializes in creating handcrafted cupcakes, crafts, and sweets.


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