8 Must-Haves for Last-Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party table
Photo: CB2
Celebrate good times, come on!

This time of year, you never know who might drop by or when the mood to entertain will strike. Be prepared for anything from a casual get-together with a few friends to an invite-the-whole-neighborhood party with a few festive must-haves and a colorful mix of fun decorative accents.

  1. MIX MASTER

    copper cocktail shaker
    Photo by Macy's

    Get the party started with this eye-catching and fool-proof shaker.

    SHOP NOW: Copper cocktail shaker, $20, Macys.com

  2. GUEST HOUSE

    metallic garden stool
    Photo by One Kings Lane

    Garden stools are an inexpensive and space-saving way to always have extra seating or tables for your family and friends.

    SHOP NOW: Ceramic garden stool, $129, OneKingsLane.com

  3. SMALL WONDER

    small plates
    Photo by CB2

    Little plates encourage more socializing and take up less space.

    SHOP NOW: Crewcut round appetizer plate, $1.50-1.95 each, CB2.com

  4. FULL SERVICE

    tiered service tray
    Photo by Gilt

    Let party-goers help themselves with a tiered tray that makes even the most modest spread look fancy.

    SHOP NOW: Two-layer cheese board, $19, Gilt.com

  5. DRINK UP

    fleur de lys glass
    Photo by Anthropologie

    Always have an assortment of small glasses on hand for serving any beverage from wine to water.

    SHOP NOW: Fleur de Lys glass, $8, Anthropologie.com

  6. FULL HOUSE

    marble coasters
    Photo by Nordstrom

    These wood and marble coasters are definite conversation starters and will keep rings off of your furniture.

    SHOP NOW: Coasters, $39 for set of 4, Nordstrom.com

  7. TRAY CHIC

    marble pattern tray
    Photo by Barneys

    Use pretty patterned trays to serve your guests anything from drinks to small bites.

    SHOP NOW: Marble pattern tray, $148, Barneys.com

  8. WORD UP

    sip sip hooray banner
    Photo by Target

    This message banner would add a festive touch to your fete, and it only takes a moment to hang up.

    SHOP NOW: "Sip Sip Hooray" banner, $3.79, Target.com