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7 Behind-the-Scenes Party Essentials

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Forget the poinsettias and buckets of wine; these are the holiday essentials you actually need for a successful soiree.
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  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.

    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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  Philips HueWe 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. 

    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.

     

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  SonosGreat 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

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

    Bodum Juicer

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

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  Soda StreamKeep 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.

    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.

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  Gem Coasters from Molly M DesignsNo 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

    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

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  Sacrificial Chair by Thing IndustriesSome 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  Courtesy of: Thing Industries

    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

    Courtesy of: Thing Industries

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