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Dinner Party Essentials Checklist

Think inviting everyone over to your pad is stressful? Not anymore. Dinner parties just got simplified with this quick hit list.

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FOR COCKTAIL HOUR

  • Assortment of cheeses
  • Assortment of crackers
  • Cheese knives
  • Cheese twists
  • Crudités
  • Cocktail glasses (lowball and martini)
  • Flowers (for display)
  • Gin
  • Grapes, sliced apples, or pears
  • Hummus
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mixed nuts
  • Napkins (if using paper, allow for 2 for each guest)
  • Olives (pits in for eating, stuffed for martinis)
  • Platters
  • Playlist (download our suggested cocktail party playlist at TheNest.com/cocktailhourmix)
  • Salami
  • Small canapé plates
  • Soda
  • Tonic (1 bottle for every 3 guests)
  • Toothpicks
  • Vodka
  • Water glass (1 for every guest)
  • Wine (1 bottle for every 2-3 guests)
  • Wine glass (1 for every guest)

FOR DINNER

  • Candles
  • Centerpiece
  • Napkins
  • Place cards (optional)
  • Tablecloth

FOR SERVING

  • Breadboard or basket
  • Bread plates
  • Decanter
  • Dessert plates
  • Dinner plates
  • Salad plates
  • Serving platters
  • Silverware
  • Steak knives (if applicable)
  • Water goblets
  • Water pitcher
  • Wine coasters
  • Wine glasses