There’s more than just the task of whipping up a gourmet feast to consider when you’re entertaining during the holidays. Want to prove your prowess as a top-notch hostess? Then you need to put some careful thought into presentation too.

No celebration would be complete without a bottle or two of Champagne, so keep your bubbles cool and close at hand with an ice bucket. If your home is rustic and your spread full of hearty comfort food then rattan is the version is for you, while perfectionist gourmets with a modernist approach to decor will love the sleek stainless steel and glass options.

Whichever you plump for, keep guest’s glasses topped up and your soirée is guaranteed to go with a bang.

1. Arte Italica Taverna Crystal Ice Bucket, $182; 2. Silver and Light Resin Ice Bucket with Lid, $425; 3. Resin champagne bucket, $260; 4. Simon Pearce Norwich Ice Bucket Large, $185; 5. Match Ice Bucket, $564; 6. Rattan Ice Bucket with Tongs, $190

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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