Shopping at Pier 1 Imports ~ My Ten Holiday ‘Must Haves’ for Entertaining

Shopping at Pier 1 Imports ~ My Ten Holiday ‘Must Haves’ for Entertaining

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was graciously invited by Pier 1 Imports to take a look around their store and check out their seasonal decor for the upcoming holidays. While browsing, I was not only impressed with the unique seasonal decorations, but drawn to the huge selection of entertaining essentials perfect for this holiday season.
The holidays are the perfect time to gather friends and family and celebrate the season together. We generally host several festive parties throughout the next few months and I was elated to find a complete array of my holiday entertaining ‘must haves’ all in one store. Casual to sophisticated; whatever your style may be, Pier 1 has got you covered with affordable solutions to impress your guests. These basic elements will take you all the way from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and can easily carry over to any event you host through the year.
Want to know what my entertaining ‘must haves’ are…
{1 ~ Basic Dinnerware}
Simple white or clear glass dinnerware from Pier 1 provides the perfect foundation for any style and budget. These versatile pieces are timeless classics and with a few added accessories can be transformed to fit any party theme. They are sold individually so you can pick up as many as you need to assure you have all your guests covered. Prices range from $1.50 and up.
{2 ~ Decorative Salad and Appetizer plates}
In addition to basic dinnerware, Pier 1 also carries several lines of decorative wares with patterns changing each season. By purchasing just a few salad or appetizer plates you can add your own personality and style to the basic dinnerware to create a tabletop that is all you – without spending a fortune.
{3 ~ Specialty Table Ware}
I simply adore the new Tasting Party™ Collection offered exclusively at Pier 1. The collection includes mini individual samplers, glassware, handy trays and easy-care platters that make entertaining a lot more fun. The Tasting Party™ pieces are designed to let guests try a little of everything.
Imagine how creative you can get with your party menu using a combination of these specialty pieces; little salads, soups, mini casseroles or desserts sized just right for both easy prep and presentation. The classic pieces are made of porcelain or glass, so they look beautiful alone or mixed with pieces you already have. They are also available individually or in sets allowing you to purchase exactly what you need.
{4 ~ Beverage Servers & Bar Accessories}
Heavenly hosts and hostesses know that a well-stocked beverage station makes for stellar holiday parties. From bar accessories to punch bowls and ice buckets, Pier 1 has all of the staples you will need to ensure a smooth effortless drink flow. Classic items, such as the hammered beverage tub {one of my favorites} or the clear glass punch bowl, are essential pieces that will be continue to be used time and time again.
{5 ~ Basic Drinkware}
Become familiar with the different varieties of glassware and stemware pieces – especially if you are not necessarily a ‘drinker’, but have guests that are. Pier 1 offers a vast selection to cover all your drinkware needs to impress your guests. Red wine, white wine and champagne glasses are a few good essentials to have on hand along with highball and lowball glasses that will work with a number of different drinks.
{6 ~ Drink Markers}
These adorable drink markers are a fun and hip way to help guests keep track of their drinks and essential when entertaining a crowd. Pier 1 carries an array of decorative charms, cute belts, and colorful bands sure to be a hit!
{7 ~ Classic Serving Pieces}
Pier 1 helps make stylish food presentation a breeze with their collection of classic white and clear glass serving pieces. Platters, trays, and bowls in a variety of shapes and sizes are essential staples to have on hand for any occasion. Stack pieces together to add height and interest to your displays and throw in a few colorful pieces to tie into your party theme. You can never have enough of these versatile serving pieces that you will continue to rely on party after party.
{8 ~ Decorative Stands and Trays}
These decorative stands are a wonderful addition to mix into your buffet table and can serve a multitude of storage needs. Use to hold and organize silverware, napkins, rolls, and desserts just to name a few. The variety of materials and unique details add a little interest to your tabletop displays and when placed prominently they become the center of attraction.
Add an extra special touch of elegance to your parties by using decorative party trays. Pier 1 offers a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles composed of metal, wicker and wood. Whether used to transport food and drinks or simply serve mingling guests, serving trays are essential elements adding convenience to your serving needs.
The items listed above are simply a collection of pieces I have complied over the years that have provided the perfect foundation of entertaining essentials. Investing in these simple classics offered by Pier 1 not only saves you time, but money in the long run, as they are not only for the holidays, but have the versatility to be used for every party you plan; no matter the theme or season.
The last two items on my entertaining ‘must have’ list are quick decor touches that can instantly add festive cheer to virtually any space, big or small.
{9 ~ Decorative Pillows}
The pillow wall at my local Pier 1 is absolutely incredible. Any color you can imagine, every shape and size possible and embellishments beyond belief. Holiday decorating does not have to be over the top; the addition of a few pillows is a quick and easy way to update your furniture to coordinate with the rest of your holiday decor. The ruffle pillows {shown on the right} are simply gorgeous in person with deep rich tones and a touch of whimsy texture.
{10 ~ Candles & Holders}
I pretty much love candles any time of year but especially have to have them lit when entertaining. Candles add a warm, festive ambiance to holiday gatherings not to mention filling your home with aromas that embody the season. With colors to coordinate with any palette and an extensive selection of scents, Pier 1 is my secret candle haven. Their holiday collections include Spiced Cranberry, Holiday Forest and Apple Cinnamon scents as well as a flameless LED collection and glitter embellished candles to name a few. Sometimes, simple is best as seen in their classic hand-finished pillars which are fragrance-free and available in a range of sizes. No matter what you are looking for, Pier 1 has quality candles to fit any candlescape at surprisingly affordable prices.
Here are a few other finds that caught my eye while getting lost in Pier 1 ‘world’. These would make unique one of a kind gifts for anyone on your list {I just wouldn’t mind getting a few underneath my own Christmas tree}
{1} Grandiose Wall Clock {2} Silver Fork & Spoon Wall Decor {3} Mother of Pearl Luster Mirror, Ivory Embossed Mirror, Antique Ivory Wall Shelf {4} Chalk Note Stemless Wine Glass {5} 9-Clip Window Wall Frame & Scroll Photo Holder *both perfect for displaying Christmas cards* {6} Hammered Beverage Tub
{1} Feathered Peacock Ornaments – Flights of Fantasy {2} Safari Animal Ornaments {3} Hammered Iron Floor Hurricanes {4} Pom Pom Sweater Pillow {5} Gilded Forest Ornament Collection {6} Round Sofa Table *perfect for holiday entertaining* {7} Mosaic Wine Chiller {8} Ivory Knit Stocking with Faux Fur Trim {9} Fuzzy Ivory Pom Throw
During the months of November and December, you can join Pier 1 in supporting the Toys for Tots by dropping off an unwrapped toy and/or making a cash donation at the register. Also, if you “Like” Pier 1 Imports on Facebook {here} anytime during the month of November, Pier 1 will donate $1 to Toys for Tots.
To locate a Pier 1 Store near you {click here} ~ You may just find your holiday ‘must haves’ or something totally new and unexpected.
Thank you Pier 1 for letting me share a bit of your unique world with my readers.
P.S. Of course I didn’t leave the store without bringing a few goodies home with me! I’ll be sharing them in a separate post later this week.

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  1. I am heading there this weekend. I received a coupon in the mail. Can’t wait to check it out.

  2. lovely post. I cannot wait to head over to our Pier 1 now!! 🙂

  3. Love Pier One! I picked up some great things there the other day for the holidays! I really love those red bird plates, very simple and beautiful!!

  4. When I think about what heaven looks like this is it! Cake plates, fluffy pillows, just pretties everywhere hahahaha I LOVE Pier 1!


  5. Love Pier One!

  6. Oh man, I am drooling. You totally just made me need to take a trip to Pier One. It’s been a while. Trouble. 😉

  7. I hear Pier 1 calling my name…there are several things I simply must have! Love those cute little bird plates….

  8. Oooooh fun!! I love Pier 1!! And I’ve haven’t seen some of those things – looks like I am heading there soon!

  9. Ooooooooh! Great post! I love Pier 1.

  10. I LOVE the silver fork and spoon!

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    I love Pier1 so much too…so I’m treating someone to a $25 gift card!!!

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  12. Awesome! Thanks so much for all the wonderful Pier 1 inspiration. Love that store! How fantastic they are donating money to Toys for Tots!

  13. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

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  15. I just returned from Pier 1 with some of those lovely bird plates (only $5 each). They’re so festive & perfect for special dessert plates. Thanks for sharing some of the beauty!


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