Great Gifts for People Who Love to Entertain
People who love to entertain are always on the endless quest for the perfect serving pieces, accessories that will make their parties memorable, and any other items that can aid them in their mission to be known for their warm hospitality. If your gift-shopping list includes a friend or family member who's always got a houseful of guests, treat them to one of our finds, which is sure to add sparkle to their next gathering.
There's no better way to get guests to participate in making dinner together than Williams Sonoma's Open Kitchen appliance. This electric hot pot is perfect for simmering broth to create delicious meals, and it also includes a non-stick grilling plate to sear meats or veggies.
This Champagne Shimmer set from Thoughtfully is the perfect way to add a little something extra special to your next cocktail party. Made with edible glitter, all four colors — rose, blue, purple, and green — add a distinct shimmer to whatever drinks they're mixed into. And since they're alcohol free, they're also a great choice for upscale mocktails.
Have your cheeseboard make a statement with this elegant set from Hearth and Hand. The ceramic tray comes with three types of cheese knives to make sure you have the perfect cut, no matter which variety you're serving.
Entertaining doesn't always have to mean staying indoors. If your gift recipient is always on the go for picnics, meals at the beach, or just hopping from one friends' home to the next, then Food52's Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote is the perfect choice. It will keep meals warm while looking stylish in options like Black and Buffalo Plaid.
Say goodbye to the days of serving chips and dip straight out of the packages. With this Nambe Nara Chip & Dip set, you can serve up snacks with a touch of elegance.
Drink Dress Up
For any aspiring at-home mixologists on your list, this Cocktail Apron from Paper Source will keep their clothes clean and their spirits high with a pattern of liquor bottles, glasses, and bartender tools imprinted on the cotton fabric.
Movie Night Must-Have
Having company over for a Netflix series binge or movie marathon means that popcorn is a must-have. Freshly pop up a batch with the Dash Electric Popcorn Maker. It makes 16 cups at a time, plenty for sharing, and is available in three vivid colors to match your movie room decor.
An excellent gift for the organized entertainer, these Mini Chalkboard Stands from Crate & Barrel can be utilized for a variety of tasks. Use them to label your next cheese board, put them as place markers for seat settings, or identify options on the dessert table.
Fun with Fondue
There's something naturally social about gathering around a pot of fondue, and this Cuisinart 13-Piece Fondue Set manages to entertain up to six guests with style. The cast iron interior keeps the heat steady, while the enameled exterior makes for an easy clean up.
This Just Add Vodka gift set from Mouth is the perfect solution for indecisive hosts. The only extra you need is a big bottle of vodka and you'll be ready to whip up Bloody Marys, Moscow mules, or cucumber mint cocktails in a moment's notice. Serve up your drink of choice in the included unbreakable stemless wine glasses, and you're all set for a delicious evening of entertaining.
From the Hearth & Hand collection, this rustic Covered Cake Stand will make a beautiful addition to any host or hostess's table spread. Fill it up with sweet treats or savory snacks and you'll have a lovely centerpiece.
Any entertainer needs a steady supply of ice for drinks or cocktails and W&P Design has spiffed up the basic boring tray. Their Speckled Everyday Ice Tray — available in white or pink speckles — is made of BPA-free silicone and along with making twelve ice cubes, this oven safe tool can be repurposed to bake up bite-size treats like brownies.
Fill this pitcher with an armful of flowers and it makes a great hostess gift that keeps on giving. Once the flowers droop, the recipient can use it for ages afterwards, as a water pitcher at the dinner table, for a batch of cocktails, or to serve fresh-squeezed orange juice at brunch. The pitcher has a wide sturdy base and a pleasantly handmade look and feel; it's made in Mexico of recycled glass.
This stack of plates would be right at home in Mrs. Maisel's living room. Each six-inch plate in the set has a different design on the rim, unified by the gold and silver color palette. The simple pattern makes it elegant enough for, say, a New Year's Eve cocktail party, but basic enough to dress up a snack of cheese and crackers on the couch. The set of 12 porcelain plates stack inside a gold-finished steel stand.
If everyone's always asking for her recipes after every party, give her something stylish with which to share the wealth. These custom recipe cards are personalized with her name and feature a sweet, colorful honeybee motif. The luxe heavy cardstock has a vellum finish and is made of 100 percent post-consumer paper waste. The 4x6-inch notecards are digitally printed. You can even order coordinating paper goods to go with it, such as a journal where she can jot party-planning ideas, or note pads perfect for shopping and to-do lists. Sold as a set of 20.
Board with Benefits
It's easy to follow along with recipes from a favorite website when you can tuck your tablet or phone into the slot on this generously sized cutting board. It holds the tablet at the perfect viewing angle to read a recipe or follow a technique video, while chopping vegetables or prepping ingredients. The groove can hold any device that's slimmer than 1/2 inch, and is reversible — the lip on the other side wedges the board neatly against the counter and also creates a seamless edge to scrape ingredients right into a bowl, or whisk scraps into the trash. The 12x18-inch board is made of edge-grain wood in a choice of walnut or maple.
This wedge holds a secret: Swivel it open to reveal a four-tiered serving piece, with a hidden compartment containing a set of three cheese utensils! It's the perfect showcase for a stunning cheese tray or to arrange mini desserts, charcuterie, or bite-sized appetizers. In closed position, it's only a 9.75-inch wedge for compact storage; open, it creates a 19-inch diameter wheel. A smaller size opens to 13-inch wheel and includes two utensils.
One can never have too many coasters, especially if there are antique wood surfaces to protect. Give these handsome initial coasters as a gift, and they'll finally be able to throw out that random collection of cardboard beer coasters. The set of 4 coasters are crafted of white marble, with inlaid acacia wood letters. Soft feet protect the wood from scratches.
Anyone who likes entertaining can learn a thing or two from consummate host-with-the-most Alex Hitz, who is a chef, event designer, and columnist. Known for his Southern hospitality, Hitz has filled his book with more than 100 recipes organized in menus to suit a variety of holidays and occasions, plus a handful of must-master recipes that every good host should have in their arsenal. This glossy hardcover book is sure to become an oft-consulted tome for any host.