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The most wonderful time of the year was a bit lackluster in 2020. With canceled or virtual Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve plans, the joy of gathering and entertaining was sadly missed.
This year, we have a lot to make up for—and Amazon has made sure we have everything we need to get ready for holiday celebrations. The site has an entire section filled with holiday home must-haves to take your parties to the next level.
In order to throw a stress-free and enjoyable party, there's one element, in particular, that makes it truly memorable: an elegant yet simple table setting. Basic dinnerware, flatware, and glasses should set the stage for your party without letting it get too busy. While you could place giant floral arrangements and copious votive candles on the table, simple bud vases and a scented candle are a more affordable and intimate option. And there should always be room for an appetizer and drink station that's filled with cheese boards, serving platters, and wine decanters.
Shop Holiday Entertaining Staples at Amazon:
N9R 12-Pack Plastic Champagne Flutes, $14 (was $17)
Chicago Metallic S'mores Maker, $42 (was $47)
Kate and Laurel Lipton Mid-Century Wood Tray, $70 (was $75)
Lenox Tuscany Classics Crystal Aerating Decanter, $36 (was $50)
If holiday planning is getting overwhelming, we curated a list of our 10 favorite holiday entertaining basics including pine-scented candles, gold-finish flatware, tabletop fire pits, marble cheese boards, and more. Since the holidays can get expensive quick, they're all made with evergreen designs, so you can use them year-round. And most picks are under-$50.
N9R 12-Pack Plastic Champagne Flutes
Instead of grabbing your nicest glassware, opt for these plastic champagne flutes that are pretty, but won't break when they're dropped. The stemless glasses are easy to hold, and look great with signature cocktails along with champagne. Cheers!
Gibson Home Woodlands Round Dinnerware Set
Bring a rustic element to your holiday tablescape with this wood design dinnerware set. The 16-piece set comes with four dinner plates, four dessert plates, four salad bowls, and four tumblers. The break-resistant set works in indoor and outdoor settings, and it blends well with decor from several holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween.
Bettlife Matte Gold Finish 20-Piece Flatware Set
This gold-finish flatware set elevates any table setting with its modern features like thin edges and sharp lines. The 20-piece set is fit for a table of four and includes four salad forks, four dinner forks, four butter knives, four dinner spoons, and four dessert spoons. The steel set is safe to use in the dishwasher without distorting or scratching them.
Chicago Metallic S'mores Maker
Few things bring people closer together like roasting marshmallows over a fire—and you can bring that experience to your table with this mini s'mores maker. The burner uses a canned chafing fuel (sold separately) and burns a low flame to roast a few marshmallows at once. It also comes with four roasting forks and a serving tray to keep the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate on hand.
Sullivans Ceramic Vase Set
You don't need a big centerpiece for your table to look stunning. These little ceramic bud vases are the perfect vessel for flowers, branches, and grasses. They come in three sizes to add some texture without obstructing the view from your guests. And the neutral colors work well for gatherings in all seasons.
Kate and Laurel Lipton Mid-Century Wood Tray
Whether you're serving appetizers or coffee and dessert, this serving tray is a must-have for holiday gatherings. The tray is 18 x 10 inches to hold a variety of foods, and it comes in three colors to match your home decor. The best part? When you're done serving, the tray can also function as an everyday tray for your coffee table or ottoman.
Sweet Water Decor Holiday Candle
Infused with notes of citrus, cloves, pine cones, oak moss, and sandalwood, this candle brings the holidays to life. It has a 50-hour total burn time, and it comes in several other scents like silent night, sugar cookie, sweater weather, and winter white. And it makes a thoughtful host's gift, too.
Anolon Pantryware White Marble and Teak Wood Serving Board
Made from Grecian white marble with a teak wood accent, this cheese board is the perfect plate to display everyone's favorite appetizer. The teak wood has a natural oil finish to protect it from damage, and you can easily hand wash it with gentle soap to preserve its longevity.
Flîkr Fire The Original Personal Fireplace
If the weather outside is too cold for comfort, this personal fireplace delivers a mini fire without the need to grab your parka. The cement fireplace is fueled by isopropyl alcohol for a 45 minute burn time that's safe to cook over. And the look of it is so sleek, you could use it as a decor piece even without the flame.
Lenox Tuscany Classics Crystal Aerating Decanter
To keep a well-stocked bar, you need a decanter to aerate red wine. This 48-ounce break-resistant glass decanter perfectly preps wine for serving. It has a crystal stopper to provide an airtight seal after you've let the wine breathe, and it's even dishwasher-safe.