I’m a self-professed less is more kind of gal when it comes to consumerism. My closet isn’t overflowing and the stream of Amazon packages are kept to a fair minimum. What does give me a swipe-of-the-plastic thrill is splurging on delicious foods and beautiful tabletop. I never feel guilty about collecting more cocktail napkins or glassware because they always fit (much more forgiving than, say, bikinis) and I’ll use them year after year.
This spring in particular I am delighted by all the mesmeric designs offered, from floral follies to wicker wonders. I’ve rounded up my favorite finds from sources that know their way around a well-set table. Many of these items would make excellent Mother’s Day gifts—I requested the Lily of the Valley cereal bowls and last year received this lettuce ware platter. Treat yourselves, treat your mothers, and treat your guests to a better spring spread—the bill never counts when the happiness of others is taken into consideration!
Pre-order pieces from this exquisite Lily of the Valley collection that will go with all of your everyday ware and look gorgeous displayed in your kitchen or dining room. ($385 for a set of six)
I have these Lettuce Ware Canapé Plates perfect for hors d’oeuvre and salads. The pale pink hue is so lovely in person and really pops with fresh blooms at the table. ($88 for a set of four)
A chic twist on the natural placemat, this woven palm piece lets the porcelain do the talking while adding a layer of interest over linens. ($28)
One can never go wrong with Richard Ginori and I especially love the size of this charger, a two-in-one vessel that serves as a layering piece or true dinner plate. ($146)
Made for afternoon tea, these delicate placemats feature embroidered English garden flowers and scalloped detailing. The set of four comes in different colors, adding an element of surprise to any setting. ($198)
A touch of texture for the table, these caned rattan dessert bowls are equal parts nostalgia and elegance. I’m dreaming of one piled high with peach cobbler and a scoop of vanilla. ($225 for a set of four)
Handcrafted in Italy, these feminine glasses bring curve appeal to cocktail hour. They come in pink, yellow, or this ravishing sage. ($145 for the pair)
Linen coasters in the most delicious pastel hues perfect for gifting or having on hand when hostessing. ($51 for a set of four)
Tortoise shell is universally loved making this cheese cleaver a fabulous mother-in-law or hostess gift. Pair with this white cabbage cheese tray and voilà! ($36)
Cans are inevitable when hosting al fresco so you may as well zhush them as best you can. Enter the most ingenious invention of the year, a rattan koozie. I’ll be using mine to tote LaCroix during carpool. ($65)
Gleaming bamboo flatware packs a silver punch on the table. ($89 for a five-piece setting)
Speaking of bamboo, I have this collection as my everyday ware and am so pleased that I registered for it nearly seven years ago. It’s the perfect motif to mix and match with almost anything and has held up wonderfully. ($135)
While not exclusively for the table, I had to include this wicker pedestal and urn pairing for $425—an incredible deal as most I’ve seen range between $1,000 and $2,000. The urn serves as a perfect centerpiece for flowering branches and the pedestal may be topped with a wine bucket for a fun take on bottle service.
Wishing you a resplendid season of hostessing! If you wind up in the possession of any of the above treasures, do let me know how you like them!