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From multi-taskers to game-changers, here are some of our favorite pieces.

Christine Quinlan
November 01, 2018

While we’re big fans of laid-back dinner parties with our bohemian friends scattered throughout the living room on colorful floor cushions, we also know how satisfying it can be for everyone to have a seat at the table for a slightly more elegant event. For those blessed with the space to seat 10 to 12, we have everything you need to pull off a stylish table. From multi-taskers to game-changers, here are some of our favorite pieces.

Pedestal dishes and tiered trays

Cake stands and pedestal bowls have narrower bases than platters and bowls so they make it easier to fit everything on a table or sideboard. Varying the heights of serving pieces also adds visual interest. Place a large bowl or platter on top of a or try a for an update on a classic style. A is perfect for hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Courtesy of West Elm

Fishs Eddy Gilded Petit Four Stand, $41.

Oven-to-Table Cookware and Trivets

Make the most of handsome oven-to-table serving dishes, like this one from  or this one from , with smart and stylish trivets. A expands to hold multiple pans or extra-large pieces while this has a rustic-meets-modern vibe.

Courtesy of Heath Ceramics

Heath Cast Iron Saute Pan, $241.

Pitchers and Carafes

Whether it’s for cocktails, water, even to decant wine, pitchers are great multi-taskers and can add instant style to a table. Made in Milan, this combines smoky gray with an unexpected hit of pink, while the base of this . A glam or sleek is ideal for large batch cocktails.

Courtesy of ABC Home

Flow Water Pitcher, $120.

Wine chiller

Both practical and pretty, this keeps white and rosé at ideal temps and close at hand. The organic shape and matte black finish work well with lots of other designs. 

Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Marin Matte Black Wine Cooler, $24.95.

Napkins

These super-soft come in traditional colors like platinum and white as well as less expected but still neutral shades like graphite or pink. To add some pattern to the table, try Heather Taylor Home’s designs like this , handwoven in Mexico.

Courtesy of West Elm

Organic Washed Cotton Napkins, $1.99-16.

Scratch tickets  

Yes, you read that correctly. But these are different. Every is a winner–each one provides a charitable gift for someone in need–making it the perfect party favor. 

Courtesy of LottoLove

LottoLove, $20 (pack of 2).

Lazy Susan

The gets a modern makeover with marble and acacia wood. Use it on a buffet for sauces and condiments or put one on each end of a table for easy access.

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Marbled Lazy Susan, $88.

Bowls

We like to think of pink as one of our new neutrals. Whether it’s linens or dinnerware it goes with almost everything and adds a touch of warmth. This set of can take guests from soup or salad straight through to dessert while this also includes a counterpoint in gray. We also love these two lines of super-glam, inside-out bowls with metal exteriors and colorful enameled interiors in , and . 

Courtesy of Food52

Copper and Brass Louise Bowls, $25-95.

Platters

We definitely believe you can never have enough large white platters (just check out the mkgallery Test Kitchen). They’re versatile, go with everything and look so clean and fresh stacked on open shelves. But sometimes you want a little hit of color or a vintage-inspired design that evokes a feeling of nostalgia. This modern combines black and white while this celebrates Gucci’s iconic Herbarium print in emerald green.

Courtesy of WallpaperSTORE*

'Herbarium' Oval Tray, $250.

Serving Spoons

Mi and matching when it comes to dinnerware and serving utensils is eclectic and fun. But sometimes you want a slightly more sophisticated look with consistent pieces that help unify a table. Enter the humble serving spoon. Stock up on matching spoons and watch your table transform. These handmade evoke a Scandinavian farmhouse while this has a modern feel. If polished stainless steel is more your style, have a beautiful shape inspired by cherry blossoms.

Courtesy of WallpaperSTORE*

'Bloom' Serving Spoons, $65.

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