The Ultimate Dinner-Party Accessories

Reboot your kitchen and hosting essentials.

It’s time to reboot your kitchen and entertaining essentials before the Halloween-to-New Year’s Eve party season strikes. Here are few of our favorite stylish-but-oh-so-practical items. Happy hosting!

1. The Ex Voodoo Knife Display

Guests love to hang in the kitchen. This voodoo knife block (left) will give them something to talk about and/or ensure no one criticizes your cooking. Comes in red, black, pink and chrome. $84

2. Armadillo Bread Bin

Is that a retractable bread bin in the shape of an armadillo? Why, yes. Yes, it is. $102

3. Magisso Cake Server

You didn’t spend all day baking just to mess up the frosting with a knife and spatula, did you? This gadget allows you to slice down and literally pinch a perfect piece. Genius. $19

4. Origo Mix Bowl

Q: When was the last time you were proud to use a mixing bowl as a serving piece? A: After you scored this Alfredo Häberli-designed beauty. $29

5. Riedel Flirt Decanter

Aerate your best bottles in style with this graceful long-necked decanter that is as easy to pour from as it is to look at. $189

6. Taika Paper Napkins

As a rule, cloth napkins are better. But if you must use paper for cocktails, score something gorgeous like these, which are adorned with illustrations by Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi. $4 for 20

7. Riedel Martini Glasses

You already have the basics, so make room in your cabinets for a few sets of grown-up cocktail glasses. 2 for $70

8. Bob Kramer 8” Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

A chef’s knife is the most important tool in your kitchen. This one—designed by famed blade craftsman Bob Kramer—just happens to be a work of art, too. $400

9. Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

We love this handheld for making sauces, soups and smoothies. Bonus: it pinch-hits as a food processor and blender. $35

Published on August 22, 2013
Topics: Hosting Tips, Kitchen Tools
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net



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