You don’t have to cook a five-course meal or break out Grandma’s china to have a dinner party. All you need are good friends, good eats (we won’t tell if you get takeout!), and these dinner party basics.

Dishes: Food takes center stage on understated dishes. This set’s slightly asymmetrical shape adds interest to the ordinary.

Silverware: Keep it simple with substantial stainless utensils that work for everyday and Sunday suppers alike.

Glasses: Step up your dinner party game with gold-rimmed glasses.

Placemats: Woven placemats lend a rustic texture to each guest’s place setting — and protect your table while they’re at it.

Water pitcher: No need to play waiter all night — place a pitcher or two on the dining table so guests can serve themselves.

Candlesticks: These mercury glass candlesticks reflect the warm, cozy glow of an evening spent among friends.

Serving tray: Bring the party to your pals by serving refreshments on a tropical hardwood tray.


Baking dish: A handsome stoneware baking dish lets you bring hot casseroles or desserts (apple crisp, anyone?) straight from the oven to the table.

Dessert stand: Put a cake or pie on a pretty pedestal with a minimalist dessert stand.

Corkscrew: Keep an extra bottle of vino and an opener handy for impromptu toasts.

Dishwand: Make post-meal cleanup easy with a refillable dishwand.

Containers: Store leftovers in airtight glass containers that can go straight from the fridge to the microwave.