A very happy first-Monday-in-December and welcome to the fourth installment of "Let me entertain you," a new series of weekly posts that I’ll be running throughout this epically festive — and epically food-heavy — time of year. The topic? Holiday entertaining and the paraphernalia needed to make your gathering — whether it’s a traditional Turkey Day dinner with the extended family, a booze-heavy winter solstice shindig, or an intimate Christmahanakwanzaka brunch amongst friends — go off without a hitch. The emphasis is on products that boast one or all of the following eco-friendly attributes:

a. handmade

b. made from sustainable or recycled materials

c. domestically manufactured

d. durable/made-to-last so in that they’ll be used not just this holiday season for many more seasons to come. 


Given that I attended my very first, "liquid gift"-fueled party of the season this past weekend, I thought it would be only appropriate to focus today on the good stuff that makes holiday entertaining all the more jolly (but hopefully not so jolly that you have to put Aunt Edna in time-out after two too many helpings of spiked eggnog).


Below, you'll find an assortment of barware, glassware and cocktail swilling accessories fit for any wet wintertime fête (and don't forget the coasters and serving trays). And even if you aren't hosting your own libation-centric holiday event, these items make for excellent host/hostess gifts that promote environmentally responsible drinking. Also be sure to check out MNN food blogger Robin Shreeves' recent roundup of handmade wine charms ... a great way to keep party guests' red and white in order while eliminating the need for dozens upon dozens of single-use cups and a permanent marker for identification. Cheers!


Vintage Holiday Swizzle Sticks @ MellowMermaid's Etsy Shop ($9/set of 8)











Sausalito Beverage Server @ Bambeco ($79)














Clear Glass Wine Decanter Set @ VivaTerra ($98/Decanter + set of 4 goblets)














Chunky Recycled Shot Glass @ West Elm ($4)















Alessandro M "Merry Boy" Corkscrew by Alessi @ Emmo Home ($95)















Italian Carafe + Wine Glasses by Esque @ Branch ($178 - $378)















White Animal Shot Glass - Bear @ MollaSpace ($28)















Cork Wine and Bar Set by Normann Copenhagen @ A+R Store ($29)















Red Paper Straws @ Kikkerland ($7.50/box of 144)















Everybody Should Believe Cocktail Napkins @ CB2 ($4.95/20)

Miguel Double Old-Fashioned Glass @ Crate & Barrel ($5.95)















Wine Ring Cocktail Napkins by Avril Loreti @ Supermarket ($26/set of 4)















Candy Cane Striped Cocktail Picks @ Williams-Sonoma ($14.95/set of 6)















Decorative Glass Cocktail Staws by Strawsome @ Abe's Natural Market ($28.99/set of 6)














Govino Champagne Flutes @ MoMA Store ($14/set of 4)

















Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Let me entertain you: Cocktail hour
No matter how bountiful your canapés or crack-like your homemade Chex Mix may be, the star attraction at most holiday parties is booze. Make sure it's served i