From a raucous get-together with friends to quaint and intimate family time, entertaining is truly the spice of life. Some call for champagne and charcuterie, black tie and white wine, aged scotch and fresh soda, others lean toward craft beer and cashews, rye whiskey and raw bar, fresh juice and fresh flowers. No matter what the occasion, our guide to entertaining will ensure your guests leave happy.

RAISE THE BAR

aab50250 - Entertaining Essentials - Lexicon Bar

Behind every great party is a well-kept bar. This mid-century modern Butler table from the Lexicon collection offers two flip-top panels, essentially tripling in size, allowing you to tuck it away when the guests have departed. Don’t forget the ice bucket, martini shaker and removable tray — essential to any great get together.

aab58878 - Entertaining Essentials - Sofield Butler's Kiosk

Store your drinks in style; this shimmering, rice-textured Kiosk butler’s cabinet from The Bill Sofield Collection is as fabulous as it is functional.

BB17 - Entertaining Essentials - Barry Palo Alto Server

Sometimes, a simple tray of fresh flowers, wine and small bites is all you need, and Barbara Barry’s Palo Alto server creates the perfect vignette.

Garcia_23 - Entertaining Essentials - Garcia Bar des Elixirs

For the serious cocktail connoisseur, Jacques Garcia’s Bar des Élixirs offers countless luxuries — internal LED lighting, adjustable glass shelves, a pull-out mirrored work surface and internal tray drawers — all wrapped in French Art Deco design.

zab29044 - Entertaining Essentials - Sofield Saffron Server

Suitable as either a sideboard, with drawer storage and a silver liner, or a dry bar complete with glass backsplash and a mirrored surface for pouring, Bill Sofield’s Saffron server is every host’s dream.

SET THE MOOD

An eclectic mix of chairs not only creates visual interest, but offers your guests options and added comfort. When it comes to the dining room, not everything needs to be a matching collection — mix it up.

aab58893 - Entertaining Essentials - Sofield Dining Room

The dining room is a great space to play with the elements of design. This Art Deco-gone-modern moment from Bill Sofield feels formal and sophisticated yet remains inviting, thanks to the pops of pattern and color.

aab64788 - Entertaining Essentials - Barry Dining Room

No one does serene quite like Barbara Barry. Set against honey-hued walls, the coastal white and grey tones in this casual dining room feel at once current and timeless. A vase of fresh flowers on the table is always a welcome centerpiece.

BB16A - Entertaining Essentials - Barry Relaxed Dining Room

If you have the space, a nice large table like Barbara Barry’s Larchmont dining table is at-the-ready for any occasion, from holidays to homework nights. Finished in our low-sheen Havana hue and surrounded by clean and contemporary Carmel Cane chairs, Barbara Barry proves that the dining room can be both classy and casual.

Garcia_25 - Entertaining Essentials - Garcia Dining Room

The focal point of the room, Jacques Garcia’s Katoucha dining table and sculptural Maharadja chairs bring curves and charisma to this sunlit dining room. What’s more, the Katoucha comes with a detachable Lazy Susan, a surprising delight when dinner is served.

zab26550 - Entertaining Essentials - Pheasant Dining Room

For a more formal setting, Thomas Pheasant’s architectural Arcade table and Shell side chairs elevate this dining space from casual gathering to gala-worthy.

Garcia_06 - Entertaining Essentials - Garcia Maison en Ville

When your guest list is big but your space is limited, Jacques Garcia’s Maison en Ville dining table offers three leaves, growing up to 112″ for the party, and shrinking down to 46″ when the guests depart.

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