How to Host Your First Dinner Party—For Less Than $50

Inviting friends over for dinner for the first time can be both exciting and daunting—you dream of hosting a memorable evening, but maybe you only have a single wine glass on hand. Suddenly your tendency to use paper towels for napkins and pour water from the tap just doesn't seem formal enough for company. But don't worry, with just a few basics on hand hosting friends for dinner will become an easy evening spent enjoying good food and great company. Here are our top picks for effortlessly hosting dinner parties like a pro.

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Marble and Teak Wood Serving Board

Kick off the evening with a delectable charcuterie spread on this marble and teak serving board, and watch your guests jump right into the mood. Crafted from white Grecian marble with a teak wood accent, this serving board will instantly elevate any snacks into festive dinner party fare. As versatile as it is stylish, this board can also be used for chopping product, everyday meal prep, or displaying a cake.

Price $39.99

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Belmont Signature Corkscrew, Gold

Don't be caught unprepared when it's time to pop open that nice bottle of wine, pick up this handy waiter-style corkscrew. Complete with a folding foil cutter, five-turn worm, and double-hinged arm, this compact corkscrew is a dinner party essential. Plated in 24-karat gold, it also won't look bad resting on the table or bar cart.

Price $15.99

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Art Deco Rose Gold Coaster, Set of 4

It's no fun to notice a drink ring on your coffee table once the party's over, so put out these beautiful rose gold coasters for guests to utilize. With a stylish art deco-inspired design and complete with a wooden storage tray, these coasters will add a touch of glamour to your dinner party.

Price $28.99

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Pure and Simple Serve Chardonnay, Set of 4

While it seems simple, providing your guests with wine glasses to drink from will make your dinner party feel truly elegant. Make sure you have enough on hand with this set of four classic white wine glasses. Made from crystal glass, these glasses are perfect for any gathering, whether it's a casual get-together or a fashionable soiree.

Price $28.99

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Root Wood Chip and Dip Platter

It's hard to go wrong starting off your party with chips and guacamole, and this hand-carved wooden chip and dip platter will beautifully display your pre-dinner snacks. Made from environmentally-friendly fir wood, this is a dinner party essential you can feel good about.

Price $44.99

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Farm Fresh Stripe Napkin, Set of 4

When it's time to sit down for dinner, make your guests feel especially taken care of with cloth napkins at each table setting. These blue-striped, 100% cotton napkins have a farmhouse look and will add a touch of homespun elegance to your table. Once your guests go home, simply throw these in the wash to use again next time.

Price $26.99

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Michelangelo Pitcher

Even if your guests are drinking wine with dinner, setting a water pitcher on the table is a thoughtful touch. Keep this elegant glass pitcher on your table so guests won't have to ask if they need some water. With 84 ounces of capacity, this pitcher would also be ideal for serving a non-alcoholic beverage, like lemonade or iced tea.

Price $28.99

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Bamboo Bowl with Pair of Servers

Start off your dinner with a big green salad, served family-style in this large bamboo bowl. Made of sustainable bamboo wood, this serving bowl set has an earthy, natural look that can be dressed up or down. A matching pair of servers is included, for seamless tossing, presenting and serving.

Price $33.99

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Honeysuckle Blossom Candle

Set the mood with this honeysuckle scented candle made from a soy and coconut blend. Poured in a floral-printed glass jar, and featuring notes of jasmine, gardenia, and peach, this candle will keep your space smelling fresh and inviting. Try placing it in a bathroom or hallway to keep a warm and comfortable ambience throughout your home.

Price $34.99

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Marble Cake Stand

Just when your guests think the meal's over, impress them by bringing out dessert on this marble and wood cake stand. With an old-fashioned, turn-of-the century-look, this cake stand will make any dessert look fit for a party. Suitable for cakes, cookies, brownies, and other small treats, your go-to desserts will look especially enticing displayed on this stand.

Price $41.99

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