Having friends over for dinner doesn’t have to be a big production — especially if your dining room is set up for easy hosting. The last-minute scramble to figure out if you have an old tablecloth stashed somewhere in a closet or trying to assemble six matching plates is what makes entertaining stressful. So having all of that already on hand in your dining room makes it a breeze to say, “We can’t get a dinner reservation? No big deal — I’m happy to host.”
Here are 14 things your dining room (or dining area, if you’re living that small-space life) needs for hosting your next dinner party (although, truly, all you really need is good food and good conversation — everything else is just icing on the cake!).