5 Essentials for an Effortless Outdoor Party
A Tiered Stand
"For a beautiful table or food station, I love creating various heights. I invested in a beautiful three-tiered stand perfect for an assortment of mini sweets for dessert, fresh fruits for brunch, or even a beautiful tower of cheese, meats, and breads! This makes a beautiful centerpiece on your table and an effortless 'wow' factor!" she says. And it doesn't stop being useful when the party's over: "Even better, it can double in your home when not entertaining to serve as a fruit 'bowl' on your kitchen counter or to hold glasses and small kitchenware." To buy: $88, houzz.com.
Plenty of Wine
"When you love entertaining, you must always have wine on hand," Marshall says. "A current favorite of mine is from Jaques Florent. Not only does it come in the most beautiful eco-friendly packaging, but it is delicious and a perfect size for sharing!" To buy: $33, grapevine.com.
A Drink Dispenser
"Pre-batching cocktails is my go-to when entertaining for groups," Marshall says. "It takes the stress off having to make on 'order' cocktails for all your guests!" And an added benefit: "It's also great to use for water for yourself on the kitchen counter to ensure you are getting your 8 glasses a day!" To buy: $120, williams-sonoma.com.
Wooden Cutting Boards
"These are a staple for me for entertaining! You will use these over and over again to serve bread, mini canapés, or on the table for platters of cheese, charcuterie, fruit, etc. They can also double as beautiful decor pieces when not in use, like hanging it on the wall in your kitchen. One of my favorite is from Vivi et Margot." To buy: $125, vivietmargot.com.
Take Home Containers
"If you are like me, food is always at an abundance, and there are always lots of leftovers at my dinner parties. To not waste (or just to gift some homemade goodies), I love sending my guests home with extras—and of course beautifully packaged. I love having on-hand in my pantry some boxes and bags that are easy to grab, pack, and go." Instead of plastic storage containers, Marshall stocks up on treat boxes that look adorable and that she won't mind parting with. To buy: $7, papersource.com.