5 Must-have Entertaining Accessories to Make You Look Like a Pro Host

The end of the year is approaching and the opportunity to host an event in your home is only a few details away. The first detail is what and when. What type of event will you host at home and when will you host said event? Once you decide, then the rest of the details are all about making you, the host, look good and your guests feel at home.

You can always hire an event planner, but if time and budget are considerations, then maybe some of these must-have accessories will help.

Multiple serving platters in at least three sizes

You will need a serving platter for the entrée if you are serving dinner. It has to be large enough to perform double-duty, if necessary. For example, it should be able to serve both meat and vegetables. It does not have to be fancy. White ceramic works or you can purchase one that is made of a sustainable wood like cherry, oak and walnut.

The other two platters are for anything from desserts to bread. They can be smaller as not to take up too much room on your dining table or buffet.

Crate and Barrel make this durable and stylish oven-to-table oval platter that comes with matching serveware.

Trays for serving appetizers, tapas and hors d’oeuvres.

Unless you’re the matchy type, then these trays do not have to match. They should be sturdy and good-looking. When in doubt, go with sustainable wood. The Riley/Land Collection has this small stripe cutting board that can be used for serving appetizers or displaying charcuterie.