5 Tabletop Essentials

It’s officially ‘the time to dine’, what with two of the largest entertaining holidays of the year coming up. So whether you’re playing the role of hostess with the mostest or if you are simply planning to bring your signature dish somewhere as a guest, we’ve got 5 dinnerware items that are perfect for the holiday season.

1 THE SETUP : Bistro Stripe Table Runners

Set the tone of your table with this two-tone striped cotton runner. The soft neutral colors of this piece lend a warm touch to the tabletop and the textured stripes lend a rustic charm reminiscent of the popular farmhouse style. The fabric measures 3.5 feet long, to accommodate most dining tables and the cotton fabric is washable for easy clean up. Score!

2. THE DISHES : Classic White Dinnerware

Is that dinnerware collection you received at your wedding getting outdated? These modern yet classic pieces are ideal for holidays. A sophisticated look allows for a more formal setting, perfect for this time of the year, but the simplicity keeps them casual year-round. The elegant matte white finish beautifies the irregularities of each shape. We love that these pieces are created by artisans here in the great state of California and each piece is signed by the artist.

3. THE APPETIZERS : An Olive Boat

We just love this piece! Not only does it’s 13 inch length make a statement on the table, but this simple and stylish stoneware piece is the perfect way to showcase your culinary creations- whether you choose to use it for olives, nuts or cheeses!  Buy 3 and stack ‘em for a unique way of plating!  The rustic shape is inspired by an overlapping wood mold, with a tinge of color on the edges to highlight each silhouette. All Vietri pieces are hand formed in Tuscany and are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe- making for an easy clean up!

4. THE APPETIZERS : Cocktail Utensils

If your signature dish is crudite and such, then bring along matching cocktail forks and spoons. These hand-forged pieces are crafted from food-safe nickel plated iron, with squared handles joined to artistic shapes. The matte pewter-like finish keeps things contemporary and looks fresh next to a crisp white plate.

5. THE SERVING PIECE : An Artisan Bowl

Evident when flipped upside down, this bowl is inspired by a coat the artist saw in Paris. And we can't think of a better conversation piece!  If  you look closely, you can see the pleats and a button. This strong piece combines stoneware and porcelain to keep it chip-resistant, made in Peru in a super casual way to allow for imperfections that make it unique.

What's your favorite tabletop element to use at this time of the year?