Get set to entertain with a set of 12 place settings. Skip sterling silver: 18/10 stainless steel is scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe.
Basic white is your best bet to showcase any meal. And while it may be pricier, dishwasher-safe bone china reigns supreme for durability.
Ensure wine glasses fit in the top rack of your dishwasher. Otherwise, be prepared to hand wash.
Stock up on serving bowls of various sizes, ideally ones that can stack for compact storage.
Begin with a full hostess set (serving spoon, slotted spoon, oversized fork, cake knife, butter knife and sugar spoon) and a carving set.
Flameless candles have a flickering faux flame — safe, worry-free, drip-free alternative to lighting candles at the table.
Mugs are for everyday use, but for dinner parties serve coffee or tea in cups with saucers.
Even if you own a single-serve coffee machine, it’s wise to have an option to brew coffee for all your guests at once.