Before I get carried away with gift guides (see my first here), I wanted to share a few things that I make sure to keep around for any entertaining needs. When I moved back home after school, I realized my parents kitchen lacked almost all of these entertaining must-haves (who doesn't have a basic bottle opener?). So in addition to tableware and furniture, these are a few of my must-haves for entertaining.
1. Empty wine bottles. I'll fill them with water to keep on the table or I'll use them as vases for fresh flowers. You could also fill clear bottles little stones and put some feathers or sticks inside. Use your imagination, but first keep a couple of your favorite wine bottles to have on hand.
2. A cheese board. Or even a wood cutting board! I love opening a bottle of wine to drink with a cheese board. It's easy to put together, but will impress your guests. My family is guilty of having wine and a cheese board for dinner.
3. A tablecloth. I saw these at Ikea and almost picked one or two up for my sister's bridal shower. I don't personally own a tablecloth, but I can't tell you how many times I've used one of my mom's since moving home. Ugly table? No problem!
4. A pitcher. One of the first things I picked up for my parents house upon moving home. Fill it with orange juice for a brunch, sangria for a girls night, or infused water for hot summer days. Our house would be a little less entertaining savvy without our pitcher.
5. A basic bottle opener. My parents have a fancy corkscrew, and they have a bottle opener that I can never find. Solution? A basic bottle opener. I'm the only one who knows how to use the fancy corkscrew, so for entertaining at our home, this is a must!
6. Ramekins. I used to be really into making crème brûlée, so there is no ramekin deficit at our home. That being said, I no longer make crème brûlée, and I use the ramekins now more than ever. I use them for ice cream, holding toppings, fruit. . . I'm sure you could come up with a ton too.
Outside of my typical entertaining or dining essentials, these are my must haves. What are yours?