9 Home Entertaining Items That Are SO Worth the Splurge
These finds may cost a pretty penny, but they'll save you hours in the kitchen so you can get straight to the fun stuff. Get ready to be the host with the most!
Stainless Steel Fondue Set
Fondue is always a crowd-pleaser because who doesn’t love creamy melted cheese or melted chocolate? Host a party with help from this stainless steel fondue pot ($90) that includes six color-coded fondue forks and a dishwasher-safe ceramic insert for easy clean-up. Plus: Check out 25 brilliant handy hints for the home cook.
Cheese and Charcuterie Serving Board
Cheese boards are one of the easiest appetizers to put together, but also one of the most impressive. Your party guests will swear you’re a gourmet chef when they see your spread of fancy cheeses, nuts, crackers and fruit all perfectly arranged on this beautiful wood and slate serving board ($144). Also, check out these cheap kitchen cabinet add-ons you can DIY.
Take your drinks to the next level with this vintage style bar cart ($350). From basic soda to the most elaborate cocktails, every beverage will feel more special when served from a cart. Plus, using a bar cart for all your drink supplies saves precious counter space for the food.
Instant Pot Duo
Spontaneous dinner party plans? Drop-in visitors? No problem! You can throw together a meal for a crowd at the last minute if you have an Instant Pot ($100). Thanks to its pressure cooking feature, your food will have rich flavor in no time, and your guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen. This super-simple kitchen cart can be built with simple crates!
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
Just say no to coffee pods. Treat your guests instead to a barista-quality espresso, right out of your kitchen. The Breville Infuser Espresso Machine ($450) is pricey, but well worth the splurge for espresso-lovers, and looks beautiful displayed on the counter. After a delicious meal, offer espresso and dessert and let the party continue!
Classic White Dinnerware Set
There are a few things that every home entertainer needs: a set of wine glasses, a legendary dessert recipe, a beautiful serving bowl. But most important? A set of classic white dinnerware ($70). The white bone china will go with any table setting for every occasion.
Make dips, sauces and chopped veggies in a flash with this pro-grade food processor ($160). Prepping for a dinner party has never been easier! Plus, this particular model also can knead bread. So let the processor do most the work, while you focus on other hosting duties.
One of the thrilling things about entertaining is making something extra special for your guests. Torching a dessert provides just the right amount of showmanship without a lot of effort. All you need is a quality kitchen torch ($50) and a delicious creme brulee recipe.
15-Piece Knife Set
A chef is only as good as his or her knife. Splurge on a quality knife set ($120) to slice and dice the perfect meal for your next dinner party. The great thing about this particular kit is that it comes with a set of steak knives, one for each of your dinner guests.
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