Throwing a Holiday Party? We Found 15 Stylish and Festive Host Must-Haves

Holiday host must haves

We found stylish holiday decor for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Are you making up for the lack of holiday parties last year by hosting family or friends over for a celebration? Now is the time to stock up on festive accessories! Whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Christmas, make the night memorable for your guests by adding cheerful touches everywhere they look. These days, there’s no need for a boring cheese or charcuterie board, or the menorah you made in Hebrew school. Instead, you can make your appetizers pop on a wooden Christmas tree platter or brighten up your Hanukkah toast with Kate Spade’s stunning take on the traditional Kiddush cup.

And since food and drinks are key to the perfect holiday party, go big and bold by cooking up traditional Kwanzaa recipes (there are over 150 to choose from in the cookbook we found!) or topping off your wine bottles with handmade felt Santa and snowman designs.

While hosting is not always a walk in the park, this kind of shopping is a relief from all the other not-as-fun-but-necessary party-planning tasks (like tracking down RSVPs or grocery shopping for dozens).

With the host in mind, we scoured all of our favorite sites (like Wayfair, Nordstrom, and Pottery Barn) for the best celebratory decorations. Spoiler alert: For less than $6, you can score an adorable latke server that’ll probably make the family recipe taste even better. (At least we think so.) Up your tablescape game, and shop our favorite picks below.

Best Christmas Party Decorations and Hosting Essentials

Handmade Holiday Wool Wine Bottle Topper Collection by Pottery Barn

Christmas wine toppers

So you’ve ordered the case of wine, but do you have festive toppers for the bottles? Pottery Barn has the cutest handmade felt figurines that’ll spark some joy around the dinner table.

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Mestan Christmas Tree Cheese Board

Mestan Christmas Tree Cheese Board

For cocktail hour, lay out an epic cheese and charcuterie spread on this snazzy wooden Christmas tree board.

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George & Viv Holiday Cookie Apron

George & Viv Holiday Cookie Apron

Save your holiday outfit from splatter while you’re cooking by wearing this festive apron filled with delicious-looking Christmas cookies.

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Holiday Feels Candle Gift Set

Holiday Feels Candle Gift Set

Whoever came up with these Anecdote holiday candle names — we see you and we thank you. We don’t know which we love more between “smells like cookies and frantic gift wrapping” and “smells like snowball fights and twinkle lights.”

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Christmas Tree Serving Stand by Spode

Christmas Tree Serving Stand by Spode

Show off your gorgeous Christmas cookie designs on this two-tier serving stand. If you reuse it for Santa’s cookies on Christmas Eve, he might leave you even more gifts. Just sayin’.

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Christmas Wreath With Battery Powered LED Light String

Christmas decor wreath

A Christmas party is incomplete without a wreath. We like this one because it’s on-theme with the ornaments, and the gold gives it a little class. It’s festive without being too flashy. But, if you want more flash, turn on the lights!

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Best Hanukkah Party Decorations and Hosting Must-Haves

Oak Street Kiddush Cup by Kate Spade

Oak Street Kiddush Cup by Kate Spade 2

Recite the Kiddush over this beautiful porcelain Kate Spade cup. And if you’re looking for a host or hostess gift, this is a sure bet.

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Judaica Round Porcelain Challah Tray

Judaica Round Porcelain Challah Tray

Treat your family’s braided loaf to this eye-catching white and blue Challah tray by Spode — it’s also great for serving latkes and sufganiyot on.

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Stoneware Menorah

Stoneware Menorah

Have a little fun with your menorah this year and opt for this ceramic centerpiece. It’ll anchor your dinner table beautifully over the years.

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Stainless Steel Latke Server

Amazon Stainless Steel Hanukkah Latke Server Chanukah

Marked for the occasion, use this stainless steel utensil to serve your guests the family recipe in style. Bonus: it costs than $6!

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All Purpose Wine Glasses

All Purpose Jewish Wine Glasses

Why not go all in with your tableware? Toast to Hannukah with this 4-set of dazzling Star of David wine glasses from Wayfair.

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Best Kwanzaa Decorations and Hosting Must-Haves

Kwanzaa Table Runner

Amazon Rainlemon Linen Kwanzaa Table Runner

The tabletop is the centerpiece of any holiday celebration. Mark this year’s celebration with this beautiful Kwanzaa table runner.

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Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Wooden Kwanzaa Unity Cup

The Unity Cup is a crucial element for any Kwanzaa celebration. This wooden one will last you years. 

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150 Kwanzaa Recipes Cookbook

Kwanzaa

Food is always the best part of holiday get-togethers. Keep your guests happy (and full) with dishes from from this cookbook that features over 125 “treasured dishes from people of African descent living all over the world.” It’ll take you through the history of Kwanzaa while explaining why certain foods are associated with the holiday. 

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Kwanzaa Heart Candleholder

Amazon Kwanzaa Sankofa Candleholder

Lighting the Kinara, or candleholder, every night is one of the highlights of Kwanzaa. We love this wooden one because it was handcrafted in Ghana and it reminds us of one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: creativity.

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