Everything You Need to Host the Best Dinner Party Ever

Our favorite dishes, glassware, and accessories for creating an inspired tableau.

Artist Deborah Allen’s love of water informed her Jenny dishware collection for 1882 Ltd. Named after her mother, the series is united by a pattern of kelly green, landscape-like swirls.

Introduced by Alessi in 1990, Ettore Sottsass’s limewood ES14 fruit bowl was reissued this fall to celebrate the designer’s 100th birthday.


Apparatus’s Block Double vase is composed of a crystal base and a pair of brass capsules. Each hollow form is designed to hold sacred (or forbidden) objects.

In an artful marriage of metal and crystal, Kim Thomé’s Plinth candleholders for Atelier Swarovski Home give the traditional centerpiece a modern twist.

A cast-bronze ring anchors Belgian designer Michaël Verheyden’s marble Dure bowl. Fitted with a leather base, the dish is available in a variety of matching colors.

The five terra-cotta vessels in Blu Dot’s Flange collection interpret earthenware in simple, geometric shapes. Each was inspired by an architectural form—grouped together, they form a miniature cityscape.

Created by French designer Thomas Dariel as an homage to Memphis Design, this pair of differently sized metal candlesticks brings a punch of indigo to the table.

The Blocks collection from Chilewich originated in founder Sandy Chilewich’s office as a collage of leftover fabric. The brand partnered with a local print shop to bring her vision to life with these place mats.

Launching next month, Christofle’s Constellation collection is a fusion of the brand’s silversmithing expertise and the Japanese studio Nendo’s elegant aesthetic.

African motifs and wild animals informed Jaime Hayon’s Duck Elefant vase for Bosa. Available at DDC in multiple colorways, each glazed ceramic vessel is accentuated with precious-metal details.

Made of hand-cast resin, the Forest Art-Range Dot cheese platter from Dinosaur Designs is well-equipped for dinner parties; an inlaid cup holds olives or EVOO, while a matching knife encourages sharing.

Designed by Marco Sironi for Ichendorf, the Piuma teapot is made from borosilicate glass—an elegantly thin, durable material that’s tough enough for the dishwasher.

Created in collaboration with chefs, the slip-cast porcelain bowls by Philadelphia studio Felt+Fat are made to last, even in the busiest of restaurants.

Mette Hay, cofounder of her namesake homeware as brand, teamed up with Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe to create a collection of kitchen essentials, including these playfully puffy jugs and gold-toned cutlery.

The Bud Vase has been part of Heath Ceramics’s collection since Edith Heath designed it, in the 1950s. The vessel was reintroduced by the company this year with Cosmos, a glossy, dark blue glaze.

Daniel Libeskind made this stainless-steel Water Tower container for Alessi as a tribute to architect Aldo Rossi, who was interested in the relationship between urban planning and domestic life.

A new variation on the vessel Alvar Aalto designed for the 1939 World’s Fair, the mouth-blown glass Aalto Paris vase from Iittala features wavelike curves that encourage a more organic presentation of flowers.

The hand-blown glass body of this decanter from L’Objet’s Oro collection is distinguished by an elegant sphere, wrapped in crackled gold leaf, at its base.


Originally designed by Marc Lalique in 1951, this crystal Champs-Élysées bowl is part of Lalique’s new Nature Sauvage collection. Look closely to see the finely engraved crystal leaves adorning its exterior.


The tactile pattern carved into the Erosion bowl, platter, and vase from Lapicida was created with a five-axis CNC machine, which designer Ini Archibong used to give each marble piece an unexpected skin.


Part of a  crystalware family that includes stemmed drinkware, a decanter, and an ice bucket, the Otto carafe and glass by Yabu Pushelberg for Lasvit feature weighty bases and etched Czech crystal tops.

Lee Broom’s On The Rock line of lead crystal glasses turns 10 this year, and celebrates with a limited-edition set that features Nero Marquina bases.

Ukranian designer Kateryna Sokolova made this vase for Ligne Roset by pouring concrete into a mold, then placing a tube of borosilicate glass inside. The result is a timeless, sculptural centerpiece.

French designer Frederick Gautier used an unlikely material to make these cement teapots for Serax—an homage to Le Corbusier’s brutalist buildings.

Artist Carina Seth-Andersson’s opaque, mouth-blown glass flower vase for Marimekko is perfect for a single blossom.

Dessert is that much more of a delight with Puiforcat’s silver-plated Argent Gourmand ice-cream cup and spoon.

Earlier this year, Rosenthal introduced a limited-edition version of architect Mario Bellini’s porcelain Cupola tea set, which borrows forms from classical buildings.

This blue fluted vase from Royal Copenhagen features a delicate hand-painted motif that accentuates any arrangement—and allows the porcelain piece to hold its ground when empty.

Tom Dixon’s bullet-shaped coffee set features a polished stainless-steel exterior. It adds a calm, understated elegance to your morning caffeine ritual.

Jaime Hayon’s porcelain Folkifunki Charger Plate for Vista Alegre is based on the designer’s definition of Portugal: folkloric, surreal, and rural, with a dash of humor.

Made of crystal, the Elegance Accent decanter from Waterford doubles as a functional object for the dining table.

The elegant oval Murano glass trays, platters, and dipping bowls from Waterworks’s Battuto collection are made in Italy by local artisans.

Layers of thin, handblown colored glass make for a tasteful vase (and perfect centerpiece), designed by Defne Kos for Nude.

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