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November 21, 2013
Forget the poinsettias and buckets of wine; these are the holiday essentials you actually need for a successful soiree.
Party scene illustration by Goñi Montes

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newman of The Dinner Party offer their best design ideas for a festive evening. Check out their must-have list before sending out invitations.

Originally appeared in Party Down
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Philips Hue

Philips Hue

We were skeptical when this arrived in the Dwell office, but after installing them and trying them out for a Halloween party, we are converts. Whether you want classic ambient lighting to transform the room into a Hollywood set, or a moody blue or red room, these light bulbs do the trick. Bonus: They are controlled by an app on your phone for easy adjustment no matter where you are.

 

Originally appeared in 6 Smartphone-Controlled Home Products
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sonos speaker

Sonos

Great music is crucial. Sonos speakers are wireless, and easy to install and hide throughout your home for an enveloping sound. Hook them up to your turntable, music library, or stream music via controls on your smart phone for the perfect musical mix all night long.  Plus, when the party is over, you can use the speakers for epic movie nights. From $199

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Bodum juicer

Bodum Juicer

Kick your cocktails up a notch with freshly squeeze citrus juices. $55

Originally appeared in 8 Modern High-Design Kitchen Products
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soda stream

Soda Stream

Keep the bubbly going and avoid having to store bottles of water with a Soda Stream designed by Yves Béhar with three different levels of carbonation.

Originally appeared in 8 Modern High-Design Kitchen Products
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leather theorem coaster anthropologie

Gem Coasters from Molly M Designs

No one wants to be the no-glass-on-wood police, luckily gold and silver geometric leather coasters are easy to stack and unobtrusive. $45 for a set of four

Originally appeared in Kitchens Have Needs
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Chair meets garment rack, by Thing Industries, debuted at ICFF 2013

Sacrificial Chair by Thing Industries

Some people don’t mind having guests traipsing in and out of the bedroom. For the more private (or last minute cleaner) pop this conversation piece in the hall. $180

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Thing Industries
Originally appeared in Product of the Day: Sacrificial Chair
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Party scene illustration by Goñi Montes

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newman of The Dinner Party offer their best design ideas for a festive evening. Check out their must-have list before sending out invitations.

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