January 29, 2018 2 min read

Updated January 18, 2021

One of the very best things about owning a home (or even renting one) is the ability to host the people you love. Whether it’s just a few friends for an evening of wine and board games, a backyard barbecue for the extended family, or a cocktail-fueled extravaganza that requires multiple days of recovery, there’s nothing better than gathering people in the comfort of your home for a day or night of fun. But to do it right, you have to be prepared, and that means outfitting your home with a few key items that will maximize your entertaining ability. Use this handy-dandy checklist from the good folks at Furniture Fair to prepare for your next gathering.

1. A functional, yet decorative, entertainment center. How much time do you and your family spend scrolling through Netflix? Just kidding, we’re not here to judge. Television is one of the things that makes life great, and also serves as an excellent focal point for a variety of casual gatherings: Sunday afternoon football, movie night, or even just a communal viewing party for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Of course, a practical entertainment center is a must, because it keeps the wires and accessories accessible but hidden, provides additional storage space for books, records, and DVDs. It also serves as a pretty place to display your knickknacks.

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2. A home bar. If you wish to entertain, a well-stocked bar is a must. Be sure to flesh out your range of offerings with a nice mix of dark and light liquors, some quality bottles of wine, and a few solid mixers, like soda water and juice. Add some fancy bitters and bar tools—like cocktail shakers, muddlers, and a bar spoon. If you want to take it up a notch, put everything together in a stylish home bar.

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3. A stylish wine chiller. If you’re a true oenophile, you’re going to need some additional storage space for your vino and some of that storage space should be chilled. Cramming your collection of whites and bubblies into the regular refrigerator, between the eggs, milk, and yesterday’s leftovers is not ideal. Instead, opt for a wine chiller stylish enough to function as another piece of furniture in your home.

5. Outdoor furniture. Entertaining outside during winter is almost impossible. Sure, you can gather up some kindling and light a fire, but that takes serious time and effort. We recommend keeping the fun indoors until the temperature is bearable. In the meantime you can day dream about warmer weather and Furniture Fair’s new 2021 Summer Outdoor lineup, which is coming soon!