How to impress your guests

These gadgets will make you the host(ess) with the most(ess)

By Jin Lee

On Friday June 11th, 2010

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Bose SoundDock10Throwing a successful dinner party takes great music, delicious food and engaging conversation. Give your guests something to talk about with these entertaining must-haves


Bose SoundDock 10 Digital Music System
Put together your playlist and then crank up the tunes. A tiny iPod can make big sound on the latest Bose system.
$680, Bay Bloor Radio, 55 Bloor St. W., Toronto
T-fal BeerTender
T-fal BeerTender
Ah, keggers. Experience it all over again — this time at home, minus the bad beer and plastic cups. Thanks to T-fal and Heineken, there is such thing as a “classy keg party.”
$85, newegg.ca

Nescafe Dolce GustoNescafé Dolce Gusto
Nescafé and Krups join forces to create one cute espresso machine. Sure, your coffee connoisseur guest may turn up his nose at the capsule technology at first, but once he gets a taste, he’ll be off to grab a Gusto of his own.
$220, Swipe Books 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto

Animal Shot GlassAnimal Shot Glass
Celebrating a promotion? An engagement? A Friday? Go wild with a round of shots (or six). Quirky animal glasses make drinking more fun.
$45 each, Drake Hotel General Store, 1144 Queen St. W., Toronto

Best Before   Porcelain CreamerBest Before Porcelain Creamer by Jeremy Hatch
Multi-purpose and artistic, these pieces can be displayed as decor items, used as vases or as actual creamers. Great design ideas never expire.
$45 to $110, Made, 867 Dundas St. W., Toronto

Rubik's Cube Pepper MillRubik’s Cube Pepper Mill
Bring the ’80s to dinner with this puzzling pepper grinder. Your friends, and your bland chicken, will thank you.
$25, Drake Hotel General Store

Nesting Decanter Set by Brad Turner
Canadian designer Brad Turner definitely had today’s condo dweller in mind when he made this nesting decanter set. A must-have for the space-conscious party host.
$650/set, Made