kate spade new york "Larabee Dot" Barware - Crystal - Bloomingdales.com
Raise your hand if you've been using the same ordinary silver corkscrew/souvenir shop keychain bottle opener for longer than you can remember... ahh, I love being right. The barware you use is just as crucial, if not more crucial than the actual drinks themselves, so it's definitely time to update these oh-so-necessary gadgets. I've come up with ten corkscrews and bottle openers that are reason enough to throw a party (like you really need an excuse), and you can bet these ones won't get lost in that cluttered kitchen drawer. Click SEE SLIDESHOW for my ten favorite party starters!
I think it goes without saying that the wine glass you choose is just as important as the wine itself. So why, given the multitude of wines out there that we're bound to try, do we continually pour them into the same, clear, cookie-cutter glasses? It boggles my mind, and its not just because I'm on glass number three. So the same way that you linger in the land of shiraz and sangiovese, take the time to select stemware with personality to match. Don't worry about compromising elegance for fun, look for unique textures, painted accents, and unexpected colors. (And be sure to check out the black glasses. They're as dramatic as they come, and are bound to steal the show at your next gathering.)