We firmly believe there is always a reason to celebrate. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering with close friends and family, are in charge of an upcoming bridal or baby shower, want to make your special someone’s birthday memorable or are just looking for an excuse to host a party, these 15 entertaining FINDS will ensure your soirée goes off without a hitch. From invitations, home decor accents and serving essentials to a few local bites and spirits that are sure to impress your guests, here are our February Entertaining FINDS!
INVITE IN STYLE
The first step in hosting a fabulous celebration is getting your guests excited. Nothing does that better than a gorgeous invitation. The Scribbler has a vast selection of unique, striking invitations ideal for any event, from a backyard barbecue to a black and white ball. Just step in, tell them about your event, and they’ll find the perfect invitation for you. Prices vary depending on item; contact The Scribbler for details.
MAKE THEM FEEL AT HOME
Once the invitations are sent, it’s time to spruce up your space and prepare for the arrival of guests. One important factor in your home decor is a bar. This Astor Bar Cabinet by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams features antique mirrored side panels with a brass frame and acrylic pulls. Not only is this piece sophisticated and chic, it also serves a practical purpose and will fit seamlessly into your space. Find this for $1,499 at Defining Home.
Magnolia indoor sofa
It’s also necessary to make sure your guests have a place to relax. This Magnolia Indoor Sofa is a fantastic addition to your interiors, as it provides an ample amount of seating without overwhelming a space. Plus, it’s neutral color scheme will fit seamlessly into your decor. Find it at Issis and Sons Furniture and Flooring Gallery for 60% off through February!
How to best serve food to your guests can become a major stressor when planning a party, and during these chilly months, it can be difficult to find the right meal to serve. This hand-hammered copper Sertodo soup tureen and Ben and Lael soup ladle will not only act as a stunning serving piece, it will also become a staple decor item in your dining area. If you’re in the market for a jaw-dropping, unique piece, this is your answer. Find the tureen for $925 and serving ladle for $220 at Bromberg’s.
Antique serving platters and vessels
The gorgeous serving pieces don’t stop there! These 18th- and 19th-century French breadboards serve both a practical and decorative purpose. They can be used as charcuterie platters, cheese plates or even carry a hummus selection all while adding unique timeworn texture to your countertop. The antique French copper vessel is another one-of-a-kind decor item that can be used to hold flowers for a welcoming touch. Find the breadboards, ranging from $350 to $495, and copper vessels, ranging from $225 to $525, at Lolo French Antiques et More.
Add some fun and funky flair to your bar cart or countertop with these adorable entertaining accessories from A’mano Gifts. This “Be My Guest” platter is ideal for serving food or drinks. Plus it couldn’t be any cuter! Add in these faux-fur coasters with metallic accents and you’ve got the ultimate on-trend party decor. Find the tray for $48 and coaster sets, ranging from $24 to $29, at A’mano.
Bar cart beauty
If you’re on the hunt for an attractive bar cart that is easy to maneuver and works well in any space, we’ve found the one! This gilded mobile bar from Soho Retro is complete with a mirrored top, plenty of storage and is just the right size for a kitchen or dining area. Find the bar cart for $375, set of six “Flying Geese” glasses for $75, silver ice bucket for $49 and horn magnifying glass for $39.95 at Soho Retro.
Looking for a piece that will entertain guests and act as a unique decorative item for the dining table or family area? This chess board will not only provide a fun activity for guests, but it is also a totally unexpected, yet sophisticated tabletop decor item. Find this for $252 at Stock & Trade Design Co.
Beautiful glassware is another key item in hosting a successful soirée. These understated yet elegant wine and cocktail glasses are available in multiple metallic finishes, making them ideal for any dining space. Plus, their timeless design and classic shape will also look fantastic atop your bar cart or tablescape. Find these, ranging from $20 to $40 each, at The Blue Willow.
Glazed pottery bowl
Want to add a touch of feminine glam to your entertaining essentials? This glazed pottery bowl with pearl detailing is an exquisite shade of turquoise and like many of the items on our list, doubles as a beautiful piece of decor for the dining or family room area. Find this at JA Collections for $750.
SERVE SOMETHING DELICIOUS
Upscale pizza party
Now, on to the major crowd-pleasers of any party — food! Mafiaoza’s in Mountain Brook not only offers to-die-for pizza and pasta, their menu also includes delicious charcuterie boards and appetizers, like the artichoke dip, bruschetta and garlic bread, all of which can be picked up for ultimate convenience. Find their menu here.
For a larger party or celebration where plenty of food is key, Ashley Mac’s has everything you need. From to-go dips like the hot spinach & cheese dip or strawberry jam cheese ring; small bites like the hot ham & Swiss minis, sausage balls or mushroom puffs; frozen entrees like the beef enchiladas, Creole chicken Alfredo or uber-popular chicken tetrazzini; signature salads and a plethora of delicious desserts, food is no worry with Ashley Mac’s on hand. Plus, you can order online for quick and convenient service. Find their menu here.
Let’s throw a fiesta!
Why not turn your celebration into a fiesta? After all, who doesn’t love some guac and queso?! Local Taco offers fantastic catering options, including crowd-pleasers like a chopped salad bar, nacho bar, taco bar or quesadilla platter so guests can create their perfect meal from local, fresh ingredients. Top it off with their margarita mix and you’ve got the perfect Mexican fiesta! Find their catering menu here.
Valentine’s Day treats
Planning a Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) celebration?! Don’t forget the sweet treats. This scrumptious special Valentine’s six-pack of cookies can be pre-ordered or picked up February 12 through Valentine’s Day at Cookie Fix for $15. Order a few, and you’ve got the ultimate cookie spread.
One of the best ways to make your party stand out is by creating a signature cocktail. This Bourbon-Blackberry Lime Rickey by is delicious, refreshing and ideal for this time of year. Find Coopers’ Craft for $19.99 to $32.99 at your local liquor store.
- 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
- 0.75 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
- 0.75 oz Simple syrup
- 2-4 oz Sparkling water (lime or mango flavored)
- 4 Fresh blackberries
- 1 Lime wheel skewered with blackberry
- In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add the Coopers’ Craft, lime juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.
- Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with flavored sparkling water.
- Garnish with lime and blackberry skewer. and serve with a straw.
- For a non-alcoholic version, omit the bourbon for a flavorful sparkler.
Cheers to February celebrations!