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On Our Radar: Good for Gatherings

The holidays have arrived and like every year they’ve brought good tidings, festive cheer and a few unexpected guests. ‘Tis the season of course, and as a prepared host there are a few well-designed essentials you’ll want on hand.

From the fully-stocked bar cart to the dining room table with just enough chairs to squeeze everyone in, a good get-together requires thoughtful planning and design. But a few extra flourishes wouldn’t hurt either. Which is why we’ve put together this buyer’s guide to hosting for the holidays.

Extendable Dining Tables

The Slice Extendable Dining Table from Ethnicraft

Being able to accommodate a few extra guests is much easier when your dining table can get longer with the snap of a finger (and the insertion of a table leaf). Modern extension tables come in sleek wood and some, like the Magic-J Adjustable Extension Table from Connubia even perform triple duty with adjustable heights that allow the table to sit low like a coffee table, raise up to be a dining table and are even extendable dining tables to boot.

A Seat for Everyone

Skip Folding Chairs from Connubia

For last-minute guests, a folding chair that’s as handsome as any other dining chair will make your last-minute guests not even realize they were unexpected–that plastic chair from the garage is usually a dead giveaway. You can also fill in some seating at the kitchen island with a nice set of bar stools.

A Big Comfortable Couch

Mix Modular Sofa from Gus Modern

The more the merrier when you’ve got a large modern sectional couch that can serve as a pre-dinner conversational area as well as a post-dinner lounge spot.

The Bar Cart Credenza

Cosmo Console Credenza from BDI

Being able to tuck things away when not in use leads to a modern uncluttered dining room and allows you to style the space as you please. A modern credenza like this one from BDI does just that.

Elegant Barware

Chill Glassware from Nude

A well-stocked bar isn’t just about the libations, you’ll need something equally well-made to serve those drinks and snacks in. The Chill Glassware Collection by Nude serves up snacks and good looks. A decanter is a must-have for fine wine like the Wine Breather Carafe from Menu. And for tea and coffee service, the Plisse Electric Kettle from Alessi will add some extra style to your pour-overs.


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