Home Entertaining Must-Haves

Home Entertaining Must-Haves

July 24, 2017

At Aera, we're frequently sharing our opinions with each other, from favorite lifestyle blogs, and seasonal scents, to tips about home decor and hosting parties. For our new Aera blog, we conducted a little internal survey, and asked: In addition to Aera, what are your 5 must-haves for entertaining guests at your home? Here are the "results"!

Sandra's Entertaining Must-Haves:

  1. A clean home
  2. Lit candles
  3. A decorated table
  4. Curated playlist
  5. Fresh flowers


Images c/o My Domaine, Pinterest

Candice's Entertaining Must-Haves:

  1. A pin-worthy cheese board
  2. Herb & Spice Popcorn from Trader Joe’s (it’s addicting!)
  3. A great Spotify playlist
  4. A fully stocked bar cart with all the makings for a fun cocktail
  5. Chilled bottle of bubbly ready for popping, because there is always something to celebrate!


Images c/o Pinterest

Danielle's Entertaining Must-Haves:

  1. Beautiful glassware and plateware
  2. Candles
  3. Cloth napkins
  4. Flowers
  5. Music


Rachel's Entertaining Must-Haves:

  1. I love to come up with new menus for entertaining - so my first 5 thoughts are all food: appetizers, a main dish, side dishes, a vegetarian option and dessert…
  2. Wine and/or beer paired with the menu
  3. Sometimes I like to find a signature cocktail for the evening
  4. Music
  5. My parties always include a theme. I think it’s a fun way to get people to relax and is a definite ice-breaker! Sometimes it’s something traditional like a game or movie night. Sometimes it’s something absolutely ridiculous. This weekend, for example, we’re having a unicorn themed party. Everyone has to wear a unicorn shirt and I’m making pink cupcakes with star-shaped sprinkles. It’s only going to be a topic of conversation for about 3 minutes, but it’s going to start everyone laughing right from the start.


    Natasha's Entertaining Must-Haves:

    1. A fresh and clean house
    2. Homemade food
    3. Wine
    4. Music
    5. Dessert


    Images c/o Pinterest

    Kelsey's Entertaining Must-Haves:

    1. Tealights in Glassybabys
    2. Red wine in a decanter
    3. Background music (for dinner parties, I like Billie Holiday, Florence and the Machine, or Gypsy Kings – depends on the mood)
    4. Empty sink (and hopefully clean counters!)
    5. A cheese tray with at least 4 varieties of cheese