You don’t need the help of Santa’s elves to pull off holiday decorating and entertaining with ease. From garlands to serving platters, we’ve rounded up some of our all-time favorite essentials that make tackling the season a breeze.

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Cut the Cord

When it comes to greenery, not only do cords end up a tangled mess, but they can also be super limiting if the area you’re decorating doesn’t have an outlet nearby. That’s why nearly all of our greenery this season is going cord-free. So go garland wild and deck all the halls with cordless greenery; there’s nothing holding you back.

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Instant Decorations

While tying baubles and bows on wreaths can be fun, the holiday season is so short and so busy, sometimes you just need to cut a corner or two. Enter our pre-decorated greenery. With collections to fit any holiday style, these bedecked beauties make getting your home Christmas-ready as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply hang and voila!

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Worry-Free Ambience

There’s nothing that creates holiday magic quite like the glimmer of a white pillar candle. But open flames can welcome unforeseen hazards. Our Dream Candles let you create over-the-top ambience without fear. Whether staggered down a staircase, lighting a pathway, or clustered in the fireplace, battery-operated candles look so lifelike, guests won’t even notice the difference.

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Touches of Tech

Our favorite new trick for creating a glowing look without the worry a candle may blow out is the Flame Wave candle module. With the touch of a button, you can create a flickering light in a hurricane for up to 40 hours without recharging. We love the way it looks in our Antique Mercury Glass Hurricane.

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Ingenious Entertaining

There’s no catering curve ball you can’t handle with our collection of restaurant-quality serveware that keeps food and drinks the perfect temperature for hours on end. Our Optima Beverage Collection features double-walled stainless steel that ensures maximum chill without condensation, while the Super Chill Insulated Serving Collection is perfect for dips, salads, raw bars and more. Need to keep things hot? Look no further than the Hot/Cold Serving Collection. Each piece contains a thermosensitive core that keeps food the ideal temperature for up to 2 hours.

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