These pieces will serve you right.
Because it’s made of marble, this little angular dessert dish by Roost never loses its cool. $38
With their pewter and gold beads, Kim Seybert’s placemats and napkin rings lend gleam and glam to a sophisticated table. placemat $118, napkin ring $21
With its decorative stoneware bowl and a cast-aluminum base, the Forét Pedestal Bowl and Stand by Chris Madden for JCPenney Home truly stands and delivers. $79.99
Handmade with hammered texturing, Michael Aram’s stainless-steel Botanical Pod salad bowl sits on bronze twigs; silver-plated leaf salad servers are finished with a tarnish-resistant coating bowl $280, servers $59
This stainless-steel placecard holder can also hold recipes, photos, and buffet-table food labels $1.95 each
Serve au natural with this iridescent shell dish with a matching Mother of Pearl spoon. Both are perched atop a rectangular hammered tray by Mary Jurek tray, $130, dish, $42, spoon, $5
a good start
These Terra Toscana handpainted ceramic appetizer plates give a new twist to a square meal. set of four, $33.99
Jessie Steele’s hostess apron in onyx creates a whole new category in entertaining: vintage chic. $30
Fine china comes into the 21st century with the Shatter teapot and teacup and saucer, designed by William Harvey for Umbra. teapot $47.50, cup/saucer $28.50
say cheese (or chocolate!)
Parties are painless with this 17-piece stainless-steel fondue pot by CasaModa. Collapsible handles and stackable parts nest neatly in a reusable space-saving box.
good woodCreated by New York designer Neil Cohen, Dansk DesignArt’s ice bucket and bread tray (in American walnut and European beech woods) mesh both rustic and modern styles. ice bucket, $136, bread tray, $36