The Ultimate Dinner-Party Accessories

Reboot your kitchen and hosting essentials.


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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

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