by Marisa Marcantonio

For the hostess with the mostess, the mantra is always be prepared for the unexpected. Friends bring friends, things spill, people get hungry for snacks, and the like. Here are some gifties for those that like to have intimate gatherings, or the masses over for merriment. Tis' the season to party with a reason.

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If it is marbleized, I like it. These incredibly bright Trousdale tidbit plates from Jonathan Adler are great for hors d'oeuvres time. Every year they come out with even better patterns.

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You will be so over toothpicks once you upgrade to tiny silver cocktail forks. They just make everything look delicious, even if Glorious Food was not on hand. The inimitable Elsa Peretti-designed Padova forks from Tiffany come in a set of six.

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The coup is the way to go for champers. Waterford's brilliant new Mixology cut crystal set of 4 glasses come in the most tantalizing colors wtih names to match-  talon red, neon lime green, circon purple and argon blue. Amazing.

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Clear glassware is another soignee option. Antropologie's Frosted Panes Coupe has subtle sophistication.

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Highball and lowball glasses with the golden touch from DwellStudio have glamour and style for an added glow.

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A good pitcher is a mainstay of every bar. Cobalt blue captivates in Diane Von Furstenberg's Twirl Pitcher that resembles Venetian glassware for a far steeper cost.

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Get things shaking with the Altuzarra collab Neiman Marcus did for Target. This vintage-inspired cocktail shaker rocks.

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If you need a little refresher course on what makes a perfect Martini, Manhattan, or Old Fashioned, Asprey has created the Tell Me How Cocktail Shaker with the recipes included for a subtle reminder.

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Keep ice cool in a sleekly tapered lacquer ice bucket with loads of style. Mecox Gardens carries them in 4 cool colors.

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The combination of teal leather and nickel on Global Views ice bucket adds a pop of color and texture.

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Create a makeshift bar on a tray, or serving stations. This C. Wonder red lacquer version has a jaunty white trim.

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Pedestal trays, such as this glossy teal one from Serena and Lily  provide additional surface area for hors d'oeuvres.

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Want to ensure you get the invite for impromptu gatherings? Send a Cocktail Hour Every Month subscription from New York Mouth complete with NY-made delicacies. Then you can enjoy the spoils.

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Havens Kitchen is one of the coolest places around, where you can shop, take cooking classes, get your daily coffee and have private dinner parties. They have just launched their e-commerce site, so you can send their gourmet goodies far and wide.

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Gotta have one of these on hand at all times- Mark and Graham's Anchor Bottle Opener is shore thing for the sailor and all-around water-loving friend.

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Pay homage to the great outdoors with delicate lookingTwig Bar tools from West Elm.

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If you know a dog lover, and who isn't, Kim Seybert's Best in Show Cocktail Napkins from Gracious Style are sure to amuse. They show six breeds. The bulldog is very true to life.

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Funny drinking quotes on August Morgan's cocktail napkins make party guests instantly at ease providing great conversation starters. Available through Anthropologie.

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Every party girl needs a great clutch. The recently launched bespoke label Della Terasi creates stunning custom clutches and clothing from the finest interior fabrics, like Fortuny and boldly colored ikats. Their Envelope Clutch is lined in metallic leather providing a stealth luxe detail.  Select the fabric and shape on their website, that includes their super chic resort wear fashion line.

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I can't resist showing a little bling this time of year. Give some sparkly baubles like these Elizabeth pave stunners from Asha or give in to the temptation to wear them yourself.


by Marisa Marcantonio

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Thanksgiving. The very word conjures up different meanings and memories for everyone. A time for reflection, giving thanks, spending time with family and counting our blessings, it is a holiday that has been a tough one for me. My father passed away on this holiday, eighteen years ago. He was suffering with a brain tumor and cancer, and spent his final days at Greenwich Hospice. The nurses and staff there are phenomenal. It is awe inspiring, really, what they do everyday. They provided him with comfort and the best care. My mom, sister and tried to have some semblance of normalcy and went to a close friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner. That's when we got the call. That very same couple introduced my mom to the wonderful man she married this past weekend. Now my sadness is overcome by joy as I think of them on their honeymoon, their first Thanksgiving together. This year, I have so much to be thankful for. I give thanks for these wonderful blessings a new beginning! I will miss my mom's stellar turkey and cranberry relish along with orange cranberry sauce, but hey, there's always next year to enjoy that. Wishing you a joyous gobble gobble and scrumptiously creative leftovers.
What are you most thankful for this year?