Plan the perfect party with help from these Chicago shops

These Chicago stores help you sweat the small stuff before your guests arrive

Photograph: Courtesy P.O.S.H.

If the idea of hosting a party raises your blood pressure, we have just the cure. Check out these four local shopping havens for items like platters, champagne flutes, yummy-smelling candles and booze (don't forget the booze). Now all you have to do is invite your closest friends, make an epic dance party playlist and hit the road to celebration-planning bliss.

For smells: Gather Home + Lifestyle

Let’s face it: Parties can get stinky. The trash piles up faster, your apartment gets cramped and you’ve got fish in the oven. Stock up on yummy-smelling candles, diffusers, room sprays and incense at this Instagram-worthy Wicker Park boutique. With scents like bergamot-basil, heirloom grapefruit and sweet tobacco, there’s something for every nose.

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Wicker Park

For servingware: Randolph Street Market

This monthly market in the West Loop is crawling with cool finds if you have the time (and patience) to browse. Keep an eye out for deals on colorful cake stands, vintage platters and funky serving bowls. Chances are you’ll walk out with some fly earrings, too. But first, mark your calendar for upcoming sales: September 23, 24; October 28, 29; November 18, 19; and December 16, 17. 

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West Loop

For booze: Independent Spirits, Inc.

If your bar cart is barren, it’s time to restock strategically with help from this Edgewater liquor store. Touting a focus on independent producers, the shop is jam-packed with brandy, gin, vermouth, wine, bitters, sake, mixers and just about any other boozy substance you can name. It doesn’t hurt that the staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. You’ll be mixing up festive margaritas in no time at all.

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For glassware: P.O.S.H.

It’s time to upgrade your red plastic cup collection to something a bit more adult-ish. Whether you’re in the market for a set of etched coupes, funky flutes or beveled rocks glasses, this darling River North store has you covered with flea market finds, vintage goodies and new pieces to boot.

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River North