March 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM ET
If you're planning on throwing a get-together anytime soon, these products will help you be the hostess with the mostest. Check out these clever ideas for your next bash:
CHILL Cooling Pour Spout, $19.99
Nothing is more annoying than when your white wine isn’t chilled in time for a get-together. Luckily there’s the CHILL—it cools wine and functions as a drip-free pour spout and air-tight stopper. Keep one in the freezer so you’re always ready to entertain.
Mingling Plates, $24 for four plates
Trying to nosh while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate full of canapes in the other is tough. These porcelain plates from Pottery Barn solve that cocktail-hour conundrum. The 8-inch plates have ample space for hors d’oeuvres and a round opening designed to hold a wine glass.
Stacked Beverage Server, $109.90
Want to serve a variety of refreshments to quench the thirsts of all your guests? This elegant glass beverage server from Horchow has three separate sections for dispensing punch, iced tea, and more from easy-to-use spouts—and the layers of colored drinks make a gorgeous focal point for a bar or buffet. It holds 2.5 gallons.
n’ICE Cubes Stainless Steel Drink Chillers, $24.99 for six
Ice cubes made with water are so five minutes ago—as in, they melt in a drink in about five minutes. Instead, slip a handful of frozen n’ICE cubes into whiskey, vodka, white wine and more to avoid a watered-down libation guests won’t want to finish. The stainless steel liquid-filled cubes are ready after four hours in the freezer and can be easily rinsed and dried for reuse.
Vodka Zinger Natural Flavor Infuser, $25.99
What could be more impressive than showing off your master mixology skills with flavored vodka you infused yourself? The Vodka Zinger lets you infuse your spirits with fresh fruit, herbs and more by putting your favorite ingredients in the bottom compartment. Then you just twist it back on, shake, and let it soak. A mesh screen only lets the extracted flavors in, so there’s no messy pulp in your drink.
Iced Dip Bowl Set, $19.99
Crab spread and creamy onion dip are delicious party foods, but after hours sitting on the buffet table they are not the safest things to eat. Avoid giving food poisoning to guests at your next soiree with an iced dip bowl that will keep its contents at food-safe temperatures. This $20 set from Improvements includes a stainless steel 22-ounce dip bowl that nests inside an acrylic bowl filled with crushed or cubed ice. It also has a snap-on lid for storing leftovers in the fridge.
Those clever wine glass tags only work on vessels with stems. These silicon drink markers, however, stick and re-stick onto any smooth surface, like a cocktail glass or beer bottle, because it’s not just wine glasses that need to be claimed by party-goers throughout the evening. Added bonus: these will satisfy anyone who wants a hipster ‘stache or just wants to mock those who have one.