If you have frequent parties, you probably already have a stash of versatile staples such as white silverware, white tablecloths, and votive candles. So why not commit to being the consummate host you are and add some of these standard entertaining pieces to your repertoire to take things to the next level.

Tiered servers give even store-bought cookies or appetizers an upscale look. As buffet décor, they add height and interest while maximizing your serving space. Combine a mix of straightforward, raised cake plates and multitier, handled servers at your next event.

Handled serving trays serve so many purposes that it’s worth keeping several on hand. Transform an ottoman into a coffee table for serving drinks and snacks. Easily and prettily tote things to and from the kitchen, or present a signature cocktail. Organize mixers on a bar or to corral glasses or silverware on a buffet table. The options are limitless.

Party tubs are a perfect trick to keep guests out of the kitchen and free up precious refrigerator space. Fill them with ice and use them to serve bottled water, wine, beer, or sodas where the action is. You can restock them throughout the party as needed, meanwhile, supplies are where guests can refill their glasses with ease.

Small skewers are perfect to keep on hand so you can make pretty, impromptu, easy-to-eat appetizers out of what’s in the fridge. Think combinations such as melon and prosciutto, grape tomato and mozzarella chunks drizzled with pesto, or our delicious recipe for Watermelon-Cucumber Skewers w Feta & Mint.

Slate, wood, or marble serving boards are a lovely backdrop for almost any appetizer. Surprise guests? Simply set out some cheese, charcuterie, and classic accompaniments on one of these beautiful, textural boards. Add a bottle of wine and—voila!—instant, elegant party vibe.

Bar carts or standing trays give you maximum flexibility with entertaining, whether indoors or out. Station one unear a dining table to refresh drinks or keep additional dishes or glassware close at hand. They can also be used to create a food or beverage serving station in small living spaces.

Stemless wine glasses are the most versatile glassware around. Easy for guests to hold, they’re less likely to tip, and they work for serving way more than just wine. Use them for cocktails, water, juices, punch, and just about any chilled beverage. Bonus: They simplify your bar setup, too.

Chalkboards add a bit of character and charm to any event. You can welcome guests, offer a fun quote, or announce your menu. Set one up at the bar as a great way to suggest channel-your-inner-mixologist cocktail combinations.

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