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You're gonna want to take a ~pitcher~ of your impressive dinner table spread.

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1. A 7-quart Crock-Pot for anyone who wants to serve a big hearty meal that basically cooks itself.

Features: warming setting, removable oval stoneware, dishwasher-safe stoneware, and glass lidPromising review: "No bells or whistles, but this slow cooker can hold lots of good stuff. Seven quart is definitely the way to go when you want to make a big meal." —MacDaddy0Get it from Walmart for $24.94.Check out 27 Dump Dinners That Basically Cook Themselves for recipe ideas.
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Features: warming setting, removable oval stoneware, dishwasher-safe stoneware, and glass lid

Promising review: "No bells or whistles, but this slow cooker can hold lots of good stuff. Seven quart is definitely the way to go when you want to make a big meal." —MacDaddy0

Get it from Walmart for $24.94.

Check out 27 Dump Dinners That Basically Cook Themselves for recipe ideas.

2. A 15-piece set of stainless-steel knives so you can slice, dice, and chop like a dream in preparation for your dinner guests.

Set includes: 8" chef's knife, 8" slicing knife, 7" Santoku knife, 5.5" serrated utility knife, 3.5" paring knife, 3.5" bird's beak paring knife, six 4.5" steak knives, 8" sharpening steel, and all-purpose household shearPromising review: "Perfect set, replaced our old mismatched set. Cuts like a dream. We don't waste time looking for the right knife anymore." —KaptnGet it from Walmart for $42.48 or from Jet for $52.95.
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Set includes: 8" chef's knife, 8" slicing knife, 7" Santoku knife, 5.5" serrated utility knife, 3.5" paring knife, 3.5" bird's beak paring knife, six 4.5" steak knives, 8" sharpening steel, and all-purpose household shear

Promising review: "Perfect set, replaced our old mismatched set. Cuts like a dream. We don't waste time looking for the right knife anymore." —Kaptn

Get it from Walmart for $42.48 or from Jet for $52.95.

3. A beautifully embossed pitcher to satisfy any sweet tea– or lemonade-loving family.

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Promising review: "I love the style of this pitcher. Sweet tea is a staple in my home, so it is used quite regularly!" —brittK

Get it from Walmart for $10.99+ (three colors), or from Jet for $10.99 (turquoise).

4. And a set of four matching goblets that'll look so good on your table, you might have to buy three sets.

Promising review: "I saw these goblets in store, and was so pleased to find them online. I bought a total of three sets (12 goblets in all), and I'm more than happy I did! They are so durable and sturdy. The color is just gorgeous. So far I've only hand-washed these goblets." —MaribelFGet them from Walmart for $11.88+ or from Jet for $11.88 (three colors).
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Promising review: "I saw these goblets in store, and was so pleased to find them online. I bought a total of three sets (12 goblets in all), and I'm more than happy I did! They are so durable and sturdy. The color is just gorgeous. So far I've only hand-washed these goblets." —MaribelF

Get them from Walmart for $11.88+ or from Jet for $11.88 (three colors).

5. A 24-piece buffet serving set made to save your hands from scrubbing serving dishes after a big family meal, because chefing it up is hard work enough.

Set includes: three chrome-plated wire racks, three aluminum water pans,three aluminum food half pans, three plastic serving spoons, three plastic serving forks, and six ethanol chafing fuel cansPromising review: "Great value! I used this set to host 50 people at an outdoor location. Easy set up. I used two loaf pans for hot dips in one of the pans and that worked out great as well. I would recommend this set for sure. Serving utensils were a bonus." —MainegalGet them from Walmart for $24.33.
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Set includes: three chrome-plated wire racks, three aluminum water pans,

three aluminum food half pans, three plastic serving spoons, three plastic serving forks, and six ethanol chafing fuel cans

Promising review: "Great value! I used this set to host 50 people at an outdoor location. Easy set up. I used two loaf pans for hot dips in one of the pans and that worked out great as well. I would recommend this set for sure. Serving utensils were a bonus." —Mainegal

Get them from Walmart for $24.33.

6. A 10-cup food processor that just may replace your $300 food processor, and handle everything you need to cook for Shabbat no problem.

Features: 10-cup capacity, 525 watts, two speeds plus pulse control for precise use, slice, shred, crinkle cut and fine shred functions, two reversible discs, chopping blade, large feed chute allows for faster preparation, dishwasher-safe bowl, lid, and blade, convenient cord storagePromising review: "I got this to replace a $300+ Braun mixer I had for about 10 years. I use it every week to make different dishes for Shabbat, and I'm very happy with it. It makes a 9"x13" pan of potato kugel (shreds about 4 lbs. of potatoes) and DOES NOT leave much on the side, if at all. The S blade can also blend almost a lb. of cooked chickpeas for hummus. It's also light, powerful, super sharp, and not heavy. Worth every penny. Baruch Hashem. Be careful when washing the blade disks." —rcrsGet it from Walmart for $40.12 or from Jet for $49.99.
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Features: 10-cup capacity, 525 watts, two speeds plus pulse control for precise use, slice, shred, crinkle cut and fine shred functions, two reversible discs, chopping blade, large feed chute allows for faster preparation, dishwasher-safe bowl, lid, and blade, convenient cord storage

Promising review: "I got this to replace a $300+ Braun mixer I had for about 10 years. I use it every week to make different dishes for Shabbat, and I'm very happy with it. It makes a 9"x13" pan of potato kugel (shreds about 4 lbs. of potatoes) and DOES NOT leave much on the side, if at all. The S blade can also blend almost a lb. of cooked chickpeas for hummus. It's also light, powerful, super sharp, and not heavy. Worth every penny. Baruch Hashem. Be careful when washing the blade disks." —rcrs

Get it from Walmart for $40.12 or from Jet for $49.99.

7. A 45-piece set of microwave- and dishwasher-safe porcelain dinnerware worthy of feeding the whole fam during special occasions.

Set includes: eight 10.75" dinner plates, eight 7" salad plates, eight 7 oz. soup bowls (8" x 1.5"), eight 6 oz. cups, eight 6" saucers, one 12" serving platter, one 30 oz. serving bowl, one 8 oz. creamer, one 10 oz. sugar bowl with lidPromising review: "I love this dinnerware set. I used it for Christmas dinner, and the table looked wonderful." —lilliankGet it from Walmart for $54.57.
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Set includes: eight 10.75" dinner plates, eight 7" salad plates, eight 7 oz. soup bowls (8" x 1.5"), eight 6 oz. cups, eight 6" saucers, one 12" serving platter, one 30 oz. serving bowl, one 8 oz. creamer, one 10 oz. sugar bowl with lid

Promising review: "I love this dinnerware set. I used it for Christmas dinner, and the table looked wonderful." —lilliank

Get it from Walmart for $54.57.

8. And a 45-piece banquet set filled with everything you'll need to make regular weekly meals for many look gourmet and delish.

Set includes: six 10" dinner plates, six 7.3" entree plates, six 7.3"x2" bowls holds, six 4.7" sauce dishes, six 3.7" cups and saucers, one large serving bowl, one salt shaker, one pepper shaker, one sugar bowl with lid, one milk creamer 9-oz, one 9.8"x2.4" baker, one 9.8"x2.8" casserole dish with lidPromising review: "The dishes look beautiful stacked in my cabinet, and they look like nice quality pieces when served with food actually on them. Almost makes my cooking look gourmet (which it isn't)! Humor aside, I do think it's a beautiful set, and I'm hoping the porcelain is more durable then the stoneware I've been using. I've already put steak on them (which obviously I used my knife on the plate), and they held up -— no scratches. The set looks beautiful and classy. I wanted a set of 12 of the dishes and bowls, so I actually ordered one set of 45, and another set of 19. This gave me a set of 12 for just the items that I needed more of." —FindsValuesGet it from Walmart for $59.99+ (four colors; dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe).
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Set includes: six 10" dinner plates, six 7.3" entree plates, six 7.3"x2" bowls holds, six 4.7" sauce dishes, six 3.7" cups and saucers, one large serving bowl, one salt shaker, one pepper shaker, one sugar bowl with lid, one milk creamer 9-oz, one 9.8"x2.4" baker, one 9.8"x2.8" casserole dish with lid

Promising review: "The dishes look beautiful stacked in my cabinet, and they look like nice quality pieces when served with food actually on them. Almost makes my cooking look gourmet (which it isn't)! Humor aside, I do think it's a beautiful set, and I'm hoping the porcelain is more durable then the stoneware I've been using. I've already put steak on them (which obviously I used my knife on the plate), and they held up -— no scratches. The set looks beautiful and classy. I wanted a set of 12 of the dishes and bowls, so I actually ordered one set of 45, and another set of 19. This gave me a set of 12 for just the items that I needed more of." —FindsValues

Get it from Walmart for $59.99+ (four colors; dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe).

9. A 4-quart saute pan guaranteed to ~handle~ big family-style pots of meatballs, casseroles, fried chicken, and more!

Features: PFOA-free non-stick diamond reinforced coating, heavy gauge forged aluminum for optimum heat distribution, stainless steel induction base suitable for all cooking surfaces, dishwasher-safe, recipes included Promising review: "This pan is nice and deep, so it's perfect for cooking for a family. Our favorite is fried chicken, but it's also great for cooking meatballs and sauce, beef and noodles, or big dinner casseroles. I love that the pan has the extra handle on the other side, so it's easy to carry to the table when it's full. The copper color goes great with my kitchen, and the gripper handle is made just right. Plus, the glass lid makes it super simple to check on your food without removing the lid and letting steam out. A great pan with so many uses." —EilujdGet it from BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection at Walmart for $27.88.
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Features: PFOA-free non-stick diamond reinforced coating, heavy gauge forged aluminum for optimum heat distribution, stainless steel induction base suitable for all cooking surfaces, dishwasher-safe, recipes included

Promising review: "This pan is nice and deep, so it's perfect for cooking for a family. Our favorite is fried chicken, but it's also great for cooking meatballs and sauce, beef and noodles, or big dinner casseroles. I love that the pan has the extra handle on the other side, so it's easy to carry to the table when it's full. The copper color goes great with my kitchen, and the gripper handle is made just right. Plus, the glass lid makes it super simple to check on your food without removing the lid and letting steam out. A great pan with so many uses." —Eilujd

Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection at Walmart for $27.88.

10. A lid-locking salad spinner and gorgeous salad serving bowl with hands for anyone who believes that every good meal includes plenty of veggies.

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Promising review (for the salad spinner): "This is a nice salad spinner! I like the straining lid on top. It dried my lettuce perfectly in no time. Just a few spins, and watch how much water collects in the bowl. Just make sure you secure it properly!" —Holajay

Promising review (for the salad bowl and hands): "The salad hands are fun. Guests always comment on them, and they are great for mixing and serving. I would definitely recommend this to others." —Monirose

Get them from Walmart: the salad spinner for $13.97 and the serving bowl for $32.05

11. A lazy Susan appetizer set so you can feed your dinner guests a fancy olive spread and make them say "woooow."

Set includes: bamboo serving tray with lazy susan feature, six stoneware serving dishes; dishwasher- and microwave-safeGet it from Jet for $20.
Jet

Set includes: bamboo serving tray with lazy susan feature, six stoneware serving dishes; dishwasher- and microwave-safe

Get it from Jet for $20.

12. A five-quart Dutch oven (featuring a vitreous enamel finish over cast iron) that's basically begging for an affordable one-pot dinner everyone shall love. And it's pretty enough to serve with!

Promising review: "When I opened the box, I was stunned by how pretty and heavy this Dutch oven is. The photos don’t do it justice! It’s a beautiful shade of a blue turquoise, and it comes with a cute metal daisy flower knob attached to the lid. Another Bakelite knob came in the box, but I’m just going to keep the daisy one on for now, because the metal daisy knob can go in the oven and withstand high heat. This Dutch oven is super heavy duty! It’s cast iron with a vitreous enamel finish. It has great heat distribution and retention. I love this for baking no-knead bread. It’s also great for soup cooked on the stove and so much more. The next time I go to a pot luck, I want to show this little gem off!" —OracatGet it from Walmart for $31.99+ (two colors).Check out 21 Delicious One-Pot Meals That Are Actually Affordable to figure out what to cook at your next dinner party.
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Promising review: "When I opened the box, I was stunned by how pretty and heavy this Dutch oven is. The photos don’t do it justice! It’s a beautiful shade of a blue turquoise, and it comes with a cute metal daisy flower knob attached to the lid. Another Bakelite knob came in the box, but I’m just going to keep the daisy one on for now, because the metal daisy knob can go in the oven and withstand high heat. This Dutch oven is super heavy duty! It’s cast iron with a vitreous enamel finish. It has great heat distribution and retention. I love this for baking no-knead bread. It’s also great for soup cooked on the stove and so much more. The next time I go to a pot luck, I want to show this little gem off!" —Oracat

Get it from Walmart for $31.99+ (two colors).

Check out 21 Delicious One-Pot Meals That Are Actually Affordable to figure out what to cook at your next dinner party.

13. An 18-piece BBQ tool set for those of us whose idea of "a meal big enough to feed many" is a bunch of hamburgers on the grill.

Ron Swanson would be proud. Set includes: 3-in-1 spatula, carving fork, carving knife, tongs, four skewers, basting brush, grill brush, eight corn holders Promising review: "This is a good product for the price. The BBQ tools have a long reach, so the user is not going to burn hands over the grill when checking on the food. Easy to clean and maintain." —spider99Get them from Walmart for $13.89.
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Ron Swanson would be proud.

Set includes: 3-in-1 spatula, carving fork, carving knife, tongs, four skewers, basting brush, grill brush, eight corn holders

Promising review: "This is a good product for the price. The BBQ tools have a long reach, so the user is not going to burn hands over the grill when checking on the food. Easy to clean and maintain." —spider99

Get them from Walmart for $13.89.

14. A Mr. Coffee machine who won't let you down when it's time to serve lots of coffee with dessert, and that one guest needs a cup for the road before the whole pot is done.

Features: dual water reservoirs for brewing coffee and up to 16 ounces of hot water, delay brew timer can set brew time up to 24 hours ahead, brew strength selector, freshness timer, auto-pause, two hour automatic shut off featurePromising review: "It makes 12, 5 oz. cups quickly, and the coffee is piping hot. There is a pause and serve feature that allows you to fill your cup quickly, even in the middle of brewing the pot! It also has a second hot water station where you can heat up to 16 oz. of water that can be used for hot cereals, tea, or hot chocolate. The drip tray for this area can be removed for easy cleaning too. The second hot water station is a real time saver when you have family who each want something different to drink. No more heating water separately on the stove top or in the microwave. Display controls are large, and it’s easy to see the time and settings. It has a delayed brew setting that allows you to have the coffee freshly made and ready when you get up in the mornings. Nothing like waking to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This one gets five stars easily!" —MyGrammaGet it from Walmart for $69.41.
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Features: dual water reservoirs for brewing coffee and up to 16 ounces of hot water, delay brew timer can set brew time up to 24 hours ahead, brew strength selector, freshness timer, auto-pause, two hour automatic shut off feature

Promising review: "It makes 12, 5 oz. cups quickly, and the coffee is piping hot. There is a pause and serve feature that allows you to fill your cup quickly, even in the middle of brewing the pot! It also has a second hot water station where you can heat up to 16 oz. of water that can be used for hot cereals, tea, or hot chocolate. The drip tray for this area can be removed for easy cleaning too. The second hot water station is a real time saver when you have family who each want something different to drink. No more heating water separately on the stove top or in the microwave. Display controls are large, and it’s easy to see the time and settings. It has a delayed brew setting that allows you to have the coffee freshly made and ready when you get up in the mornings. Nothing like waking to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This one gets five stars easily!" —MyGramma

Get it from Walmart for $69.41.

15. And set of six mugs and a handy storage rack so nothing stands in the way between your friends and a cup of fresh joe.

Set includes: six stoneware mugs, storage rack; dishwasher- and microwave-safePromising review: "I love my mugs! Pretty colors, feels good in my hands, and deep enough for a good cup of joe!" —BJean1Get them from Walmart for $14.74.
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Set includes: six stoneware mugs, storage rack; dishwasher- and microwave-safe

Promising review: "I love my mugs! Pretty colors, feels good in my hands, and deep enough for a good cup of joe!" —BJean1

Get them from Walmart for $14.74.

16. A non-stick cake pan designed with your famous, hearty lasagna in mind — it's over a foot long!

Feed me up, pls. Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $6.87.
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Feed me up, pls.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $6.87.

17. A set of three dough presses to help you whip up plenty of fruit pies, empanadas, pierogis, and other tasty treats.

Time to impress the heck out of everyone with easily-crafted dumplings. Promising review: "Easy and effective. Perfect empanadas." —DissointedGet them from Walmart for $6.
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Time to impress the heck out of everyone with easily-crafted dumplings.

Promising review: "Easy and effective. Perfect empanadas." —Dissointed

Get them from Walmart for $6.

18. And a super cute serving dish ideal for plating fresh berries on the dessert table once dinner is said and done.

Promising review: "Beautiful and functional at the same time. Large enough to hold good sized portions of condiments or whatever your choice may be." —Sammi1Get it from Walmart for $14.97.
Walmart

Promising review: "Beautiful and functional at the same time. Large enough to hold good sized portions of condiments or whatever your choice may be." —Sammi1

Get it from Walmart for $14.97.

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