Resolutions are generally made to be broken. That’s why we’re all about setting more specific, tangible goals for the New Year—they give you something to work toward and can even easily extend into your January dinner and cocktail parties. Whether you’re doing the #whole30 thing or giving up booze for the month, stock up on some of these essentials for your at-home parties, and watch the goals get checked off one by one.
The title of this book is exactly what you’ll be doing if your goal is to learn to cook this year. Former Bon Appétit magazine editor Alison Roman is just the person to guide you through party-ready basics with cool-girl upgrades like roasted chicken slathered in anchovy butter or baked pasta with artichokes, greens and “too much cheese.”
Anyone looking to reduce their impact on the planet should stop using plastic straws stat, seeing as they’re one of the worst culprits for ocean pollution. Metal straws (which still bend!) are gentler on the environment, and look better in your highball glass.
To “have more fun” is a very loose goal, but playing a game with your (adult) friends to see who can come up with the silliest meme might help get you on track.
Even if you’re cutting out the caffeine this month, guests may still want a warm cup of something after dessert. They won’t think twice about missing coffee when a cup of wintry spiced herbal tea full of cardamom and cinnamon shows up at the table.
Yes, it’s practically sacreligious for us to talk about cutting out alcohol for the month of January, but hey, people do it. If you’re one of the many 30-day teetotalers, get inspiration for your next round of mocktails made with soda or juice.
Entertaining more at home is hard to motivate for if you’re serving dinner on chipped box-store plates. You don’t need to invest in fine china, but having a set of fancy dinner plates, such as these hand-painted stoneware numbers from artist Cathy Terepocki, may inspire you to send out some invitations.
You’ve been promising to start your own book club forever, but this is your year to Oprah it up. Really set the scene with a soy candle that smells like old books—in a good way, not the mildewy, musty way.
Make scrubbing the dishes post-party a tiny bit more cheeky with a sponge holder designed to look like your favorite cleaning vessel is nestled in a cozy double bed. Going clean in 2018? Done.
Being in the moment means not checking your Instagram every five seconds. And you’ll actually capture those moments with a camera that features a built-in digital printer. Of course, if you really need to, the camera lets you upload pics to your smartphone, but that’s kind of missing the point.
Mixing your cocktail