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11 Must-Have Entertaining Items That Are Worth the Splurge

These must have entertaining items may cost a pretty penny, but they'll save you hours in the kitchen so you can get straight to the fun stuff. Get ready to be the host with the most!

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Stainless Steel Fondue Setvia suralatable.com

Stainless Steel Fondue Set

Fondue is always a crowd-pleaser because who doesn’t love creamy melted cheese or melted chocolate? Host a party with help from this stainless steel fondue pot ($120) that includes six color-coded fondue forks and a dishwasher-safe ceramic insert for easy clean-up.

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wine rackvia surlatable.com

Wine Rack


Create a make-shift wine cellar in your home with this stylish wine rack ($350). Follow our wine storage tips by storing your rack in a cool area, away from humidity and harsh sunlight.

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mixology cocktail setvia surlatable.com

Mixology Set


Craft up homemade cocktails in style with this stainless steel mixology set ($100). Complete with two stainless steel shakers, a strainer, jigger, and muddler, this set has all of the essentials for your existing home bar or it’s a great starter set for folks who are just getting into bartending at home.

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Cheese and Charcuterie Serving BoardVIA MACYS.COM

Cheese and Charcuterie Serving Board

Cheese boards are one of the easiest appetizers to put together, but also one of the most impressive. Your party guests will swear you’re a gourmet chef when they see your spread of fancy cheeses, nuts, crackers and fruit all perfectly arranged on this beautiful wood and slate serving board ($140).

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bar cartvia surlatable.com

Bar Cart


Take your drinks to the next level with this vintage style bar cart ($350). From classic cocktails to your most elaborate concoctions, every beverage will feel more special when served from a cart. Plus, using a bar cart for all your drink supplies saves precious counter space for the food.

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Instant Pot Duovia amazon.com

Instant Pot Duo

Spontaneous dinner party plans? Drop-in visitors? No problem! You can throw together a meal for a crowd at the last minute if you have an Instant Pot ($100). Thanks to its pressure cooking feature, your food will have rich flavor in no time, and your guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen.

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Breville BES840BSXL The Infuser Espresso Machine, Black Sesame, 2.3via amazon.com

Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

Treat your guests to a barista-quality espresso, right out of your kitchen. The Breville Infuser Espresso Machine ($500) is pricey, but well worth the splurge for espresso-lovers, and looks beautiful displayed on the counter. After a delicious meal, offer espresso and dessert and let the party continue!

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Classic White Dinnerware Setvia nordstrom.com

Classic White Dinnerware Set

There are a few things that every home entertainer needs: a set of wine glasses, a legendary dessert recipe, a beautiful serving bowl. But most important? A set of classic white dinnerware ($145). The white bone china will go with any table setting for every occasion.

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DLC-8SBCY Pro Custom 11™ 11 Cup Food Processorvia macys.com

Food Processor

Make dips, sauces and chopped veggies in a flash with this pro-grade food processor ($163). Prepping for a dinner party has never been easier! Plus, this particular model also can knead bread. So let the processor do most of the work, while you focus on other hosting duties.

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Rösle Kitchen Torchvia surlatable.com

Kitchen Torch

One of the thrilling things about entertaining is making something extra special for your guests. Torching a dessert provides just the right amount of showmanship without a lot of effort. All you need is a quality kitchen torch ($65) and a delicious creme brulee recipe.

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15-Piece Knife Setvia nordstrom.com

15-Piece Knife Set

A chef is only as good as his or her knife. Splurge on a quality knife set ($120) to slice and dice the perfect meal for your next dinner party. The great thing about this particular kit is that it comes with a set of steak knives, one for each of your dinner guests.

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Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.

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