Editor's Picks: Entertaining Ideas

Stock your cabin with entertaining essentials.

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  1. Create a rustic dining table setting with VivaTerra’s Twig Flatware and Servers. These intriguing utensils feature handles cast from real twigs and are sure to become an instant conversation starter at any dinner party or get-together hosted at your cabin. $69 for a five-piece setting, $65 for servers. (800-233-6011;
  2. Give your guests a choice of games with ChessUSA’s 10-in-1 game set, which includes everything you need for chess, checkers, backgammon, dominos, cribbage, Chinese checkers and more. The handsome wooden case and playing boards make attractive coffee table pieces, and the variety of games is sure to keep guests of all ages entertained for hours. $180. (800-645-4710;
  3. Keeping hot dishes hot and cold dishes cold during a long social function can be quite a chore. Woolrich Home solves this issue with its attractive Woodland Dip Cooler. Simply fill the lower bowl with hot or cold water, and scoop your dip in the top. The handmade pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze. $40. (800-966-5372;
  4. A bottle of wine is a common hostess gift, but if you want it chilled for instant enjoyment, you may need a faster solution than the refrigerator. The Cooper Cooler can chill your beverage on the spot. Simply insert the bottle, set the timer for your beverage, and enjoy your drink moments later. A 750mL wine bottle will be perfectly chilled in six minutes, 10 times faster than a freezer. $90. (877-226-6537;