11 holiday hosting essentials I'm stocking up on for a stress-free season

I found all the chic tableware, décor, and hosting tools you'll need for the perfect holiday party.

Holiday Home Decor
(Image credit: Original Illustration by Ally Quirk)

This year marks my first holiday season of hosting, and to put it bluntly, I'm terrified. Cooking four different dishes in my oven isn't the scary part—spending an arm and a leg on cute holiday décor is making my blood pressure rise. I want my apartment to feel fun and festive, but purchasing these hosting essentials is an intimidating task. My perfect tablescape forgoes the holly and fake snow for black and cream linens and eucalyptus garland. The goal is to make my home look chic and expensive while sticking to a reasonable budget, so shopping at Walmart is the only move I need to make. It has everything I need including well-priced dishware and a fun cocktail-mixing set for after-dinner drinks. I have no doubt the following items will help you have a stress-free holiday hosting experience. 

Natalie Gray Herder
Associate Editor

Natalie Gray Herder is an associate editor on the branded content team at sister titles Who What Wear and Marie Claire. Originally from Los Angeles, Natalie decided to make the move to NYC after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. She had plans of applying to law school until doing a 180 to follow her more creative passions: writing and fashion. As a former collector of Vogue magazines, she should have known her true calling was in editorial but is grateful for the journey that led her to Who What Wear. She began her career at the NYC-based publication The Select 7, where she wrote about fashion, beauty, food, travel, and interiors. In pursuit of her next role, Natalie knew she wanted to hone in on women's fashion. She is an avid researcher, reader, and explorer in and out of the office. She is inspired by the street style of her fellow New Yorkers and her laid-back roots in California. In her free time, you can find her trying new restaurants, visiting museums, and reading in the park.