THE HOLIDAYS RULE!
But throwing a holiday party can be some work. The key to making it easy and fun is to stock up on a few hosting essentials.
You'll use them again and again anyway! The product recommendations below come from The Sweethome, an awesome website whose editors research and test household gear. They just published a huge guide to what to buy before you host a party and agreed to let BuzzFeed feature the essentials.
1. Something nice to put cheese and crackers on.
2. Booze that isn't too expensive but isn't too cheap.
Sweethome spoke to respected bartenders like Dale DeGroff to get the best budget-friendly bottles. So helpful. And they are...
3. ICE SERVICE. (And definitely call it that.)
4. Cups for adults.
Solo cups make even the nicest drink taste sad and gross. So get some clear plastic cups if you are going to use disposable.
BEST PLASTIC CUPS: Chinet Cut Crystal Tumblers (Pack of 108).
BEST GLASSES: You can find Sweethome's full picks for glassware here, the most versatile and necessary of which is a rocks glass. So get these: Reed & Barton Crystal Old Fashions (Set of 4), $60.
If you want to serve this...
You're gonna need these.
BEST INSTANT THERMOMETER: CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer, $18.
6. A punch bowl that maybe isn't just an ugly mixing bowl.
A punch bowl that is also a cake stand is the best thing ever.