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Products to Take Your Tablescape to a Whole Other Level

Design: theSkimm | Photo: Serena & Lily, Mytheresa, Revolve
November 7, 2023

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You’d never have a romantic dinner lit with fluorescents, or an important get-together littered with plastic flatware, right? When your tablescape has the power to set the mood for the entire event, it’s important you have the right accessories at hand. That’s why we’ve put together a list of all our standouts for hosting your next dinner party. From romantic candle holders to stylish placemats and napkins you can throw in the wash, here are the tablescape makers worth investing in. 

Cake pedistal
Burke Decor

A tiered pedestal for tea sandwiches and desserts…

The only downside to this serving stand? It might steal the show from your actual food. You’ll get two trays you can stack on top of each other, complete with the cutest accent bow threaded through the porcelain. Use them for pies and cakes, or for layering finger foods and dainty desserts. ($148.50, Burke Decor)

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Bed Threads

Scalloped placemats in cute color combos…

Show off your sense of style with these trendy placemats. They come in seven color combinations so you can match them with your dishware. The durable linen construction is machine-washable, so with proper care, you can hang onto these for years. ($80/set of 4, Bed Threads)

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Table Runner
Serena & Lily

A table runner that’ll remind you of summer picnics…

We love a table runner. It adds a decorative touch to your dinner table while also showing off that gorgeous wood. This one’s made from 100% cotton that’s machine-washable (no need to worry about messy eaters) and the gingham pattern will make you feel like you’re at a summer picnic, even in the dead of winter. It has cute little tassels on the ends to help it stay in place. ($28, Serena & Lily

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Cake stand

A jadeite cake stand that’ll make a perfect centerpiece…

We’re obsessed with this vintage-inspired cake stand. It has a gorgeous wave design that looks delicate holding your dessert of choice and is made from durable glass that’s food-safe. Just remember to hand-wash it. ($33.19, Wayfair)

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A set of Parisian-inspired flatware…

These bistro utensils are worth every penny. They feel sturdy in your hands and are made in France from shiny stainless steel. Choose from 14 different colors, or mix and match with multiple five-piece sets that include a teaspoon, soup spoon, salad fork, dinner fork, and knife. Bon appetit. ($75+, Food52)

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A water pitcher with a tiny surprise…

You’ll never want to pour drinks out of anything else. This pitcher has a classic fishbowl shape and a little glass fish for a playful touch. It’s made from durable borosilicate glass so it can withstand extreme cold and heat, and is even dishwasher-safe at low temps. Time to go swimming. ($85, Food52)

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candle holders

Delicate candle holders for a soft-lit evening…

Set the mood with these simple taper candle holders. You’ll get a pack of four in varying heights to place in the center of your tablescape as the final touch. The borosilicate glass works well with any tablescape. Psst…snag these colored candles to switch up the vibe for your next party. ($26.99/set of 4, Amazon)

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Fruit bowl

A checkered fruit bowl in an eye-catching color…

We’ll be honest — we only started displaying our fruit after we snagged this bowl. It’s made in Spain with eco-friendly white clay and lead-free paints. Between the wavy edges and pretty pink checkerboard pattern, it serves as the perfect conversation starter. ($160, Revolve)

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Serving tray

A serving tray your guests will gush over…

It almost looks like a piece of art. It’s handmade by artisans in Bulgaria using unique glazes and colors, is dishwasher-safe, and comes in four different colors to match your dinnerware. Pair it with the matching dinner plates, pasta plates, and side plates for a real ‘wow’ moment. ($120, Abask)

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Dipping bowls
Year & Day

Dipping bowls you’ll keep for years…

Use them as seasoning holders, dipping sauces, nut shells, you name it. They come in a set of four so you can spread them out on the table, and have nine color options you can mix and match. The best part? They’re freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe so you can really put them through the works. ($44/set of 4, Year & Day)

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Dinner plates with an Italian flair…

Your dinner guests will have to stop themselves from fighting over their favorite dinner plate. This set comes with six porcelain pizza plates, each with their own unique phrases. They’re also dishwasher-safe so you can check the cleanup off your to-do list after the dinner party. ($145, Mytheresa)  

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Juliepeach via Etsy

Napkins that are almost too cute to use…

They’re handmade from a cotton and linen blend and printed (with non-toxic ink) in the cutest floral design. They’ve got finished hems for a polished look, and can be machine-washed for easy cleanup. ($28+, Juliepeach via Etsy)

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Urban Outfitters

A coaster set to prevent any mug stains…

Keeping your surfaces protected = a necessity. These smiley-shaped coasters have come in four aesthetically pleasing neon colors. They’re made of acrylic and can easily be wiped clean. Not to mention, the price for a set is almost too good to be true. ($24/set of 4, Urban Outfitters)

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