10 cocktail party must-haves
1 Stock your liquor cabinet with elegant barware
A cocktail shaker is an essential part of the bar and you may want to have more than one on hand. We fell in love with this Mason jar-inspired set and the added accoutrements. West Elm, $7 to $31.
2 Serve champagne in style
Forget the traditional wine glasses! Pour your bubbly into these fabulous stemless flutes. Indigo, $35 (set of 4).
3 Protect your table with a subtle tablecloth
Plaid is a hot fashion pattern for fall, but it also adds a festive air to your beautiful tablesetting without going over the top with a holiday pattern. Williams-Sonoma, $135 to $300.
4 Chill your ice
Whether you’ve made candy cane-shaped ice cubes or simply opted for the old-school rectangles, house them in an elegant bucket. Homesense, $25.
5 Serve drinks in style
Perhaps the name of this collection is a little ironic, but it belies the elegance of this chic silver set that includes a serving bowl, water pitcher, cocktail shaker and serving tray. Select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores, $7 to $12.
6 Provide a variety of finger foods
One-bite nibblies and food you can delicately stab with a toothpick ensure guests aren’t worrying about how to balance a cocktail with a messy plate. Crate and Barrel, $26 to $39.
7 Circulate with a funky serving tray
Serve cocktails and munchies on this unique antler tray—don’t worry, no Rudolphs were harmed in the making of this piece! Potter Barn, $90.
8 Gather cocktail recipes
Sure, you can stock the usual liquor cabinet faves, but why not serve a cocktail or sparkling punch that's unique to your party? Something delicious with fun garnishes! This recipe book is sure to inspire some ideas. Indigo, $25.
9 Accessorize your cocktails
Dress up those martinis—or your signature holiday cocktail —with some festive cheer with this red, green and white rim sugar. dellcovespices on Etsy, $4.
10 Supply corkscrews and bottle openers
From fancy craft beers to local wines, make sure you have a spare set of openers just in case one goes astray. West Elm, $42.