Every Good Host Needs These Entertaining Essentials

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Every season is party season, but fall has Us excited about transitioning from patio brunches and pool parties to lots of cozy fireplace or indoor gatherings. As many know, hosting entails serving the right food, a bountiful supply of drinks and the perfect mood music. From our absolute favorite cups for cocktail parties, to an awesome budget-friendly speaker and a splurge-worthy ice bucket, we have everything you need for hosting the perfect party. Check out our favorite essentials that every host should have for entertaining guests!

1. Our Absolute Favorite: Cups for cocktail parties

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Why it’s our pick: Swap out your traditional glassware for this sleek and stylish Moscow Mule mug set. We’ll be serving everything from apple cider to cocktails in these beautiful lightweight mugs.

Reviewers say: Multiple shoppers noted that the mugs add a nice touch to toasting at any party.

See it: Get the Old Dutch Hammered Copper  Moscow Mule Mug Set (marked down 12 percent off its original $51, now $45) while it’s on sale at Overstock. 

2. Our Budget-Friendly Favorite: A great speaker for dance parties


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Why it’s our pick: Every good gathering has great tunes! Whether we’re softly playing music in the background at dinner or having an all out dance-off with friends or family in our living room, a good Bluetooth speaker is a must-have. We’re loving this modern gold version available on Amazon for under $20! It connects with phones, tablets and laptops and is available in four colors, including gold (above), rose gold, black and silver.

Reviewers say: Many shoppers insist that it’s one of the best speakers for the price.

See it: Get the X.Leader Bluetooth Speaker for $16 while it’s available in all colors.

3. Our Splurge-Worthy Favorite: An ice bucket for bottles

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Why it’s our pick: This classy ice bucket is a chic way to keep our bottles handy at a party. Shoppers who purchased the container used it as an ice bucket, but also shared that they set it near their fireplaces and filled it with everything from fire wood to snuggly throws for quick access.

Reviewers say: Not only does it garner plenty of compliments, but it also doesn’t leak any water from the melting ice. Some reviewers recommend reinforcing the bottom with duct tape just in case.

See it: Get the Copper 11-gallon Oval Bucket for $80 while it’s still in stock.


Although the Moscow Mule set, the X.Leader Bluetooth Speaker and the Copper Oval Bucket are the top of our list, be sure to add the below to your cart for a truly memorable party.

4. Candles to set the mood

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Why it’s our pick: This particular candle set comes with four candles with unique scents that are perfect for fall. The scents included are Goji Tarocco Orange (goji berry, ripe mango and tarocco orange), Persimmon & Copal (persimmon, lychee flower and red copal), Baltic Amber (amber resin, sandalwood and villa orchid) and Gilt Pomander & Hinoki (holly berries, cardamom and Japanese hinoki).

Reviewers say: Reviewers say they’re the best smelling candles ever. Hard to argue with praise like that!

See it: Get the Japonica Pedestal Candle Set for $50 while it’s still in stock. 

5. A versatile serving tray

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Why it’s our pick: This gorgeous tray has a simple design with a beautiful modern touch thanks to a mirrored bottom and a golden rim. We’ll be using it to serve everything from drinks to hors d’oeuvres.

Reviewers say: Not only are these great for serving drinks at parties, but some reviewers revealed that they use the tray to house their perfume collections.

See it: Get the Modern Golden Mirrored Serving Tray for $40 while it’s still in stock.


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