Elegant Serving Platters and Tabletop Décor
Platters and Bowls
From top of stack:
Baronesse small porcelain platter by Rosenthal (13 inches), $98, rosenthalusa-shop.com. Rose-pattern oval bone-china platter from Marchesa by Lenox (16 inches): Unfortunately this item is no longer available. For a similar product, lenox.com. Antique White rectangular earthenware platter (17 inches), $40, surlatable.com.
Faceted and edgy, it will make Brussels sprouts look like Pop Art.
To buy: Diane von Furstenberg Brushstroke porcelain platter (14 inches), $80, bloomingdales.com.
Mystical and moody on a dark runner.
To buy: Mine black clear glass plate. Unfortunately, this item is no longer available.
Hang it on the wall between holidays.
To buy: Country Estate large stoneware platter (19 inches), $175, juliska.com.
Hobnail Mercury Glass
Fill it with walnuts in the shell for a textural jamboree.
To buy: Silver Pineapple bowl (10 inches), $32, jaysonhome.com.
Offset its granny charm with a smart striped tablecloth.
To buy: Merletto Aqua glazed clay bowl (19 inches), $101, arteitalica.com.
Mirror Mirror on the Table
Free-form fretwork to dress up the turkey.
To buy: Mariana Oval silver-plated platter (18 inches), $230, l-objet.com.
Blends beautifully with Wedgwood or white-and-silver china.
To buy: Blue and White Flourish porcelain bowl (10 inches), $19, wisteria.com.
The fork helps ease that pumpkin pie onto the plate.
To buy: Sagaform oak serving set, $22, aplusrstore.com.
Turned and Traditional
Classic Colonial-inspired detailing—rich materials at a nice price.
To buy: Horn-handle servers, $45, jaysonhome.com.
A fanciful accoutrement for your crystal butter dish.
To buy: Petaluma spreader of horn and silver plate, $95, sandrajordan.com for stores.
Poseidon’s Bread Fork
To anchor the baguette while you slice it.
To buy: Petaluma bread fork of horn and silver plate, $110, sandrajordan.com for stores.
Neater than a knife for doling out gooey fromage.
To buy: Petaluma silver-plate Stilton spoon, $85, sandrajordan.com for stores.
Perfect for cutting manchego, then skewering the chunk.
To buy: Antique gold-plated cheese knife, $85, l-objet.com.
Long, carved handles are ideal for tossing and serving salad.
To buy: Nairobi horn servers, $42, jaysonhome.com for info.
Sleek, Slender Set
Like chopsticks, without the fumble factor.
To buy: Lolo resin serving set with brushed finish, $70, teroforma.com.
Out of Africa
Turns carving the turkey into a wild adventure.
To buy: Madagascar resin serving set, $295, uptownepapers.com for info.
All you need on a bare wood table.
To buy: Alana Warm cotton napkin, $34 for six, indiarose.com.
Pretty against a gray striped tablecloth.
To buy: Starburst cotton-and-linen napkin, $12, pehrdesigns.com for stores.
To spice up any solid-color dishes.
To buy: Hammam cotton-and-linen napkin, $38 for two, hammocksandhightea.com for info.
Preppy-chic on a crisp white tablecloth.
To buy: Pure linen napkin, $18, teroforma.com.
Trompe L’oeil Weave
Structured but artsy—perfect with organic ceramic dishes.
To buy: Black Lace cotton place mat, $48 for four, papertrailrhinebeck.com for info.
Accentuate the open design with a garnet-colored tablecloth.
To buy: Passementerie polyester place mat, $48, thelionspawnantucket.com for info.
At about nine inches high, it can take center stage on the table without blocking views.
To buy: Beaded round tureen (10 inches in diameter), $659, didriks.com.
Features a slot for the ladle (included) to minimize drips.
To buy: Antique white earthenware tureen (14 by 7 inches), $90, surlatable.com.
Creaturely and Elegant
Fated to become a family heirloom.
To buy: Gallic gravy boat in pewter (10 inches wide), $195, didriks.com.
Perfect for dry foods, like dinner rolls.
To buy: Mandara pine bowl (7 inches high, 10 inches in diameter), $125, jaysonhome.com for info.
Its curved edges will keep pomegranates from going overboard and allow grapes to cascade.
To buy: Antique silver three-tier stand in brass (16 inches high), $129, potterybarn.com.
Tea at the Plaza
The loop makes it easy to carry sweet treats from kitchen to table.
To buy: Tuscan three-tier stand in ceramic and pewter (17 inches high), $378, arteitalica.com.
Early holiday gift to yourself?
To buy: Illusion Celadon porcelain sauce boat (7 inches), $254, manorhg.com.
Peggy Tiered Bowl by Astier de Villatte in Glazed Terra-cotta
To buy: $552, tabulatua.com.
Beast’s Feast Stoneware Footed Tureen
To buy: (13 by 11 inches), $148, anthropologie.com.
Athos Porcelain Sauce Boat
To buy: $230, barneys.com for stores.