What You Need to Host Your First Dinner Party as Newlyweds

Sure, a good dinner party starts off with a great menu, but ambiance plays an important role too. Pick up these products (or be sure to add them to your registry) to outfit your table and get ready to receive compliments from your friends, coworkers, and even your in-laws.

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Versatile Table Runner

Linens are the first thing you'll want to think about when dressing up your dining table. This embroidered table runner by Hearth & Hand is an excellent choice due to its versatility. The neutral cream color pairs well with most colors and the soft "X" pattern pairs well with almost any aesthetic. A fun fringe border gives this table runner a timeless finish. Use this runner every day or pull it out to spruce up your dining display for special occasions. ($18; target.com)

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Protective Charger Plates

Elevate your dinner party decor with these unique charger plates. Their trendy matte black color and unique rimmed lips add a modern touch to your table. The set includes four beautiful stoneware pieces that fit most dinner plates. You'll also be happy to hear they are microwave and dishwasher safe so you don't have to stress about clean up. ($80; worldmarket.com)

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Simple Dinner Plates

Obviously in order to host a dinner party you need plates, but with so many options out there it can be hard to know what to ask for on your registry. We suggest this porcelain set from Crate and Barrel for its easy-to-match gray color and one-of-a-kind design. The set of eight plates feature a hammered surface and freeform rims that add texture and refinement to each plate. Pro tip: Complete the set with matching salad plates and bowls. ($48; crateandbarrel.com)

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Sturdy Serving Platters

When it comes to serving delicious appetizers you'll need a sturdy tray like this rectangular platter from Pottery Barn. It's crafted with porcelain and brushed with a bright white finish. You can choose from two sizes: a small which measures 12.75 by 7 inches and a large that is 16.5 by 11.25 inches. You can pick up one or stock your cupboards with both so you can offer two starters like a meat and cheese platter and bite-size hors d'oeuvres. ($20–$25; potterybarn.com)

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Minimalistic Serving Bowls

Offering a first course of soup or salad in these serving bowls keeps your dinner party feeling like a formal affair. Similar to the platters above, you can choose between two sizes, but we suggest picking up both bowls so you can host smaller and larger gatherings. Each piece is made with lightweight bone china and designed with minimalism in mind so you get a sturdy, streamline design that matches any tablescape. ($24–$39; westelm.com)

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Sleek & Durable Silverware

Unless you're hosting a medieval themed party (hey, more power to you) then you're going to need some silverware. This stunning black set complements a variety of themes, and each piece is crafted with weight and balance in mind. The modern bundle comes with four salad and dinner forks, four spoons and teaspoons, and four knives. Hosting tip: Don't forget forks go on the left with the smallest on the outside. ($100; cb2.com)

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Matching Napkins

When you're hosting a formal dinner party, it's important to keep your dining area looking cohesive. That's why we love that Hearth & Hand created matching napkins and placemats to their "X" pattern table runner. The only difference (beside the obvious size) is that the fringe is long gone, which makes total sense, because guests don't want a mouthful of fabric when they go to wipe their lips. Oh, and did we mention they're machine washable? So feel free to use them over and over. ($10 for four; target.com)

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Classy Beverage Glasses

Whether you're serving up homemade punch or pouring soda over ice, these glasses make any beverage look fancy. Their clean, sleek design adds class to your table without overpowering your other pieces. The entire Oregon line resembles hand-blown glass and looks beautiful, but for glassware you can use every day you'll want the old-fashioned and highball glasses. ($6–$7; crateandbarrel.com)

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Stunning Wine Glasses

Be prepared for any dinner party with this stemless wine glass set. Sure, traditional wine glasses look elegant, but by selecting tumblers instead you get the same classy look while reducing the chance of spills. Not to mention, most stemmed wine glasses need to be hand washed, but not these guys. Simply rinse and run them through the dishwasher to maintain their crystal clear appearance. ($28; pier1.com)

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Welcoming Place Card Holders

Make each guest feel special by setting out this adorable place card holder by Hearth & Hand. The house shape adds a homey touch to your table and is only about an inch wide so it won't take up too much table space. Write out each guest's name on the coordinating blank place cards, and set up this cute piece near—or on—their charger plates to show them they're more than welcome in your home. ($3; target.com)

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