Make a Toast


Get ready to throw a stylish soiree with these dinner party must-haves.

By: Avery Matera

It’s time to kick up your heels and socialize — in a responsible manner, of course. But the truth is, you’re likely so out of practice that you might need a little help. Or, at least, a little bit of newness. This season, it’s also time to update that bar cart for your at-home gatherings, both large and small. In fact, doing a little cocktail-hour shopping for yourself might just inspire you to invite a few friends over to join in the fun.

From colorful cocktail glasses to splurge-worthy champagne sets from Louis Vuitton, we’ll make sure that you’re able to throw the chicest cocktail party out there. And here’s hoping that it’ll kick off the season right and simply be the first of many a cocktail party with your new wares.

What’s more, a holiday party, even if it’s just yourself and a few best friends, is so much more than a bar cart. You can shop Hermès for colorful plates, Gucci for chic spoons and forks, Tory Burch for painted wine glasses, and more. Don’t be afraid of whimsical patterns and colorful hues, either. You’ve certainly earned it over the last year and a half!

Whether you’re in the market for a full-blown hors d’oeuvres service or simply a new, head-turning wine bottle opener, we’ve got the high-style items for you, right here.

Spring Meadow Champagne Flute

$98
Tory Burch

No matter what the season, these painted glass champagne flutes will have you dreaming of blooms. Sold in sets of two, these flutes are inspired by Burch’s own mother’s stemware from her youth.

 

Champagne Case

$26,700
Louis Vuitton

With a monogram canvas exterior and a velvet lining, this bar cart-ready trunk has storage for an ice bucket, two Champagne flutes, a drawer for small accoutrements, and — of course — a bottle of Champagne.

 

Fortessa Jupiter Double Old Fashioned Glass

10 oz., $8 each
Sur La Table

Add a little color to your cocktail party with Sur La Table’s Fortessa glassware. Sold in a variety of tones, these glasses are elegant yet whimsical at the same time.

Viski Glacier Rocks Set of 4 Chilling Stones

$20
Nordstrom

If you’re looking for a way to keep your cocktails cold without watering them down, rocks are the way to go. These Viski rocks are particularly awesome because they’re made of a variety of real marble cuttings that gives “on the rocks” a whole new meaning.

Lambeth Ice Bucket

$408
RH

You’ll love RH’s sleek and angular ice bucket that is the perfect addition to any bar cart or dinner party alike. It’s so stylish that it will catch everyone’s eye, yet subtle enough to match every personal style as well.

Vintners Standing Wine Opener

$299
Pottery Barn

For true wine connoisseurs, your bar cart deserves a bottle opener that stands tall as a fixture, not just an accessory. With one little pull of the oversized lever, you’ll have all guests in awe every time you uncork.

Small Lion Fork and Spoon

$750
Gucci

For passed hors d’oeuvres that might not be finger food, make sure that you have some chic silverware like these lion styles from Gucci that will have your guests chatting just as much about your barware as they are about the party itself.

Hippomobile Cake Platter

$465
Hermès

There’s nothing quite as iconic as Hermès’ patterned tableware. And for a party with small passed hors d’oeuvres, the cake platter will do just the trick.

Viski 4-Piece Stainless Steel Mixologist Barware Set

$80
Sur La Table

Mix up your favorite drinks in style with this elegant crystal and stainless steel set, which includes a mixing glass, jigger, strainer, and trident spoon.

Crafthouse by Fortessa Boston Shaker

$40
Sur La Table

Crafted of heavy-duty stainless steel, this Boston shaker from Fortessa is the ultimate in barware with its sleek and spill-free design.