Building a home entertaining essentials capsule is pretty much the same process as when using the technique with your wardrobe. I can’t help but see the clear analogy between the two “building” methods.
One entails building a group of clothing that can easily mix and match, and the other does the same exact thing, but with platters, bowls and dishes!
Today I’ll give you a primer on the absolute “basics” that are needed for efficient, stress-free and enjoyable entertaining at home.
WHITE IS NOT BORING – IT’S CRISP, ELEGANT AND OH, SO VERSATILE
Conventional entertaining wisdom tells us that all our home entertaining essentials should be white. Just white? Well, yeah, mostly anyway.
But, white doesn’t have to be boring. Try to keep an eye out for unusual shapes and sizes of platters, bowls and glassware. What about metallic gold or silver bands? Patterns, textures and antiquing. Ceramics, porcelain, milk glass…
With all the available choices, I’m betting you’ll find plenty of items that perfectly fit your personal style of entertaining.
If you start off with a base of white pieces, you’ll end up with a fabulous “mix-and-match” selection of basic home entertaining essentials that give you tons of options.
There are different ways you can acquire these home entertaining basics, and I’ve used most of them at one time or another.
I’ve shamelessly asked for specific birthday and Hanukkah gifts that helped complete my more advanced home entertaining essentials capsules. Like my specialty asparagus pot with insert, or the creme brulee torch and dishes I just had to have.
Keep in mind I’ve long since acquired and replaced most of my “basic home entertaining essentials” decades ago!
When you want to stray from the “all white” motif, here’s a great category to do it. You can add a splash of color or pattern, and because you have mostly white basics, they’ll match everything!
You’ll want to get some colorful serving pieces, glassware and miscellaneous items that pull your personal entertaining style together.
Now is the time to let your love of color and personality shine! Choosing a collaborative group of themed, patterned and colored serving pieces are key to pulling off the level of tablescapes you see in the magazines and on Pinterest.
It’s amazing what adding just a beautifully patterned salad plate into the tablescape can do for the whole “look”.
See how sophisticated pulling in some depression glassware, pale pink dishes and mix-and-match flatware can become when using a base of white?
A tablescape of teak serving pieces, mixed with assorted pottery and bamboo mats and flatware automatically scream “theme”. But, it’s still versatile!
See how many ways a few well chosen entertaining basics can be styled for endless entertaining possibilities?
It’s a simple, inexpensive and creative method of building a basic (or more advanced) home entertaining essentials capsule.
If you want to figure out just what the status of your Home Entertaining Essentials collection is, I can help!
I’ve created a set of three printables to help keep track of what you’ve already got and figure out what you still need.
My 5-PAGE Basic Home Entertaining Essentials List will give you a clear idea of what kind of collection you’re working towards completing.
I’ve grouped the items needed to flesh out a basic home entertaining essentials capsule to help give you a plan of action as you look towards your future purchases and acquisitions.
Now that you have a list of what your Basic Home Entertaining Essentials Capsule should ultimately contain, it’s the perfect time to get started on the right foot.
The next Lifestyle Diva Printable is the Home Entertaining Essentials Inventory Checklist. It’s designed to help you take inventory and keep track of exactly what entertaining pieces you already own.
I’ve also included a “WHAT DO I STILL NEED?” Worksheet to keep track of the items you’re on the look-out for. It will help you stay focused on the missing pieces and help avoid duplications or omissions in your collection.
And of course, I always like to keep track of what I’ve ordered online or purchased, so I’ve included an “ESSENTIALS PURCHASE LOG” to keep you on budget.
Don’t forget to add each of your new acquisitions to the appropriate worksheet to keep them accurate.
I find it empowering to see what pieces I have available to use for all my home entertaining in one organized place. When I’m perusing my inventory lists, I often come up with combination ideas that will ultimately turn into a theme party! You never know what creativity can come about from your home entertaining resource records.
Lastly, I think it’s absolutely necessary to know exactly what linens, napkins, table runners, etc. you’ve got stashed around the house.
I know I’d be lost without my Table Linen and Napkin Inventory Checklist. We’ve downsized, and I have them in more than one location!
Since I keep my Checklist in my Home Entertaining & Household Binder, it’s easily added to whenever I make a new purchase.
It certainly makes the holidays and all my home entertaining a real snap to plan!
Then you know exactly what you need to do, don’t you?
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