Hosting for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but also very stressful. The main focus often goes to the menu, and sometimes details can be overlooked. Make sure you have these four essentials to host the perfect holiday gathering.

1. A table with plenty of space. Before you agree to have everyone over, make sure your table is big enough to seat all your guests.

2. Comfortable seating and appropriate sized chairs and/or benches are a must.

3. Matching silverware for everyone is something you need to check prior to dinner. There is nothing worse than setting the table and realizing you are a few forks short.

4. Matching dishes need to be checked before you start setting the table. You don’t want to be short with a bowl or salad plate.