Must-have products for entertaining at home

Apr 26, 2011 at 12:02 p.m. ET

A fabulous-looking party doesn’t need to be staged in an overpriced venue. If you have the right décor and accessories, elegant entertaining can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Must have entertaining products

To ensure that you're a great hostess, check out this helpful list of home accessories. Not only will these items take the fuss out of entertaining at home, they'll ensure that your décor looks absolutely stunning for every party and occasion.

1Cake stands

Your food and dessert spreads will look stunning when you invest in a few cake stands. According to Kristl Story, founder of, cake stands offer an elegant way to serve cake or appetizers. "Your party table will look much more appealing with food at varying heights," she notes.

You can find cake stands in a variety of shapes, heights and colors at You can also snag fun ribbon-embellished cake stands from HomeGoods. Feeling crafty? You can create your own using candle holders, plates, super-glue and spray paint.

2Glass hurricanes

If you're looking for décor accessories that are versatile enough to work for all kinds of party themes and occasions, stock up on glass hurricanes in all shapes and sizes. For an edible and colorful party centerpiece, Story suggests filling the hurricanes with M&Ms and artificial daisies. You can also fill hurricanes with fruit, potpourri, nuts, ornaments, colored water and many more items. Your options are endless!

3A chalkboard

Story says chalkboards are great for writing a message to your guests or for displaying your party's menu. You can purchase decorative chalkboards from Rowan's Room on, or you can create your own using chalkboard paint, plywood and a picture frame.

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