Let’s be real: Fall is in full swing, and with Thanksgiving only mere weeks away, it won’t be long before all of the seasonal festivities begin to roll in, including holiday parties. If you happen to be hosting one of your own and are in need of some new holiday dinner party essentials, no worries — Target has you covered.
When it comes to hosting a holiday fête, there are plenty of things to consider besides turning on the holiday playlist and transforming your home into a winter wonderland. As the hostess, you’re in charge of just about everything, which can make the celebratory evening verge on the side of stressful. So, you’ll want to make sure you have exactly what you need for a night of entertaining your friends and family.
From a new set of plates and serving trays to holiday décor, Target has everything you could need to host a standout party. The best part: You don’t have to spend a fortune to make it seem like you did, as all of these ring in under $30. Take this Rectangle Marbled Serving Tray from Threshold, for example. Not only is the design of this $25 tray timeless, but the marbled texture makes it look so much more expensive than it really is.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party or ringing in the New Year with a larger get together, there are always some key staples to have for your event. Set the table with a fresh set of plates to accompany this versatile $20 Threshold Square Porcelain Divided Serving Platter to hold simple crackers and delicious hors d’oeuvres your guests will have throughout the evening. Not to mention a sleek Thirstystone Slate Cheese Board, which costs $5 — this one requires no reasoning; your guests will thank you later.
In the chance that you’re looking to add to your essentials with some new additions, this Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Stoneware Scalloped Cakestand can be used to hold a variety of treats, whether it’s more small bites or dessert for the evening, and it only costs $15. In terms of beverages, a decanter and stainless steel beverage tub will be the perfect addition to any bar cart.
Of course, not all the entertaining essentials are food-related; how you create an atmosphere of holiday cheer also depends on the décor (and the attendees, of course!). It wouldn’t be a holiday party without a set of Christmas lights, and these Philips 90ct Christmas LED Dewdrop Lights will create a mood that feels as magical and romantic as a quiet night of winter snowfall. Let these dainty lights glow alongside ambient candles to turn your home into another world.
No matter where you are on the entertaining spectrum, from first-time hostess to longtime veteran, these party essentials will be sure to take a bit of the stress away from the planning process. Keep scrolling to see 15 of the best under-$30 essentials from Target that’ll elevate your party to a whole new level.
Opt for gold silverware rather than your standard silver to make the evening feel extra luxe in a simple way.
With the simple textures at the base of these glasses, your drinks will feel extra festive for the evening.
This gold candle holder will add an air of warmth to the atmosphere, creating a warm glow in any setting.
Rustic and modern, this cake stand can be used as a serving platter for any types of dishes you're planning to serve for your guests.
Whether you're planning to serve vegetables, chips or a variety of dips, use this divided platter for nearly anything.
Opt for these whimsical lights to give any room a soft-lit glow for the holiday season.
With the hammered texture and gold finish, this serving tray will feel elevated and chic.
This scalloped cake stand is chic, versatile, and timeless. Serve desserts, fruits and more on this stand to create a beautiful tablescape.
Add this sleek bin on your bar cart to hold bottles of wine and champagne as you keep them chilled throughout the night.
This simple porcelain chip and dip set is made with a classic design that will remain ageless.
A simple decanter will help aerate your wine to provide the best taste as you serve them.
A sleek marble serving tray will look great on top of a coffee table to serve small bites to your guests.
This cool and rustic cheese board will be the perfect background to place your artisanal cheeses and desserts.
A timeless design, the beaded texture gives these simple plates a sophisticated touch that will look beautiful on any table.