Top 5 Holiday Hostess Savers

In a few mere weeks, I’ll open my door to lots of family from four states (Arizona! Kansas! Missouri! Texas!) ready for a big Thanksgiving celebration. From years of hosting gatherings like this, I’ve learned that having the right items on-hand is a must to make the day unfold both seamlessly and stylishly. Here are five handy helpers you can quickly order online. Trust me, they’ll save the day…and your sanity. 

No matter how well intentioned, too many relatives in the kitchen can spell stress. Reach for KitchenAid’s 4-quart stainless steel multi-cooker instead. It has 10 pre-programmed settings for everything from sauteing, searing, simmering and slow-cooking with adjustable temps (110 degrees to 500 degrees) for efficient heating with precise control. $249.95.

During mealtime approaches, it’s all hands on deck so don’t waste yours wrestling with a persnickety can opener. With the press of a button, the One Touch can opener does its job hands-free,opening cans of all sizes and shapes; plus, bottles, pull tabs and jars of nearly any size. This nifty  can opener also saves counter space (it’s so small, it’ll store in a drawer) and runs on 2 AA batteries so there’s no cord to deal with. $34.99.

How many times have you wished for an extra stove burner, especially a fancy-schmancy induction one? Wish no more with the Duxtop Sensor Touch portable induction cooktop. It plugs into any standards household outlet so you can use it next to the stove, on your kitchen island or at a remote food station. With 10 power levels (200-1800 watts) and a range of 10 temperatures (140 degrees to 260 degrees), this is a versatile tool all cooks need. $169.99.

Hands-down, the Crock-Pot® Hook Up® Connectible entertaining system is the most clever thing I’ve seen in years. It features multi-size crock pot units (1 quart-3.5 quart) in several colors (metallic sage shown here) that can be used as stand-alone cookers/food warmers or connected together to form a serving buffet. Up to six units can be plugged together using one outlet. Each unit has removable stoneware and glass lids that are dishwasher-safe and the units stack for easy storage. $40-$50 per unit.

Large gatherings require extra seats but mismatched chairs are a style buzz kill. Save your reputation Get with Atomic Age folding chairs that have sturdy enamel-coated frames and leather seats in a wide range of hues (white enamel and tangerine leather shown here). $150 each.