Setting the Table

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comDesigner: David Jimenez

Hello Glossers!

It’s that time of year -- the time when opportunities to entertain seem endless and your same old entertaining routine is like an old pair of sweats; comfortable but a little boring. Yawn. As your friend, we beg of you -- please, no more soft pants.

Maybe it's time to update your dinnerware.

Add a little zing to your partying ways and give your guests something new to “ooh” and “ah” over.

Ditch the traditional. Personalize your look and keep things interesting by combining a variety of shapes, colors, designs and textures to your table. Whether you’re hosting a Friendsgiving, a Christmas feast, or just the usual Sunday dinner (we’ll be there!), our curated list of tableware is sure to inspire (and, if need be, make up for mediocre cooking).  

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Mixing and matching made easy. This Williams-Sonoma dinnerware is simple and crisp in all white but unique in design. (See how each plate has a different rim?)

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comEclectique 20-Piece Dinnerware Set - Williams-Sonoma ($415.84)

Their bright colors and unique geometric shapes make these plates festive and multifunctional; use them as serving dishes or as individual place settings. (If only our school lunch trays had been this chic, we might've opted for the hot lunch!)

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comIntermix Plates - CB2 ($3.50-$14.95)

Small plates are a great time to incorporate whimsy into your table décor. And, who wouldn't be tickled to find one of these adorable (and so dapper) animal friends at their seat? At the very least, these plates are sure to get the conversation going.

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comGilded Dapper Animal Plates - west elm ($9.00 ea.)

A decanter that doubles as décor? Yes, please. We'll take two! Wow your guests with this sleek and elegant decanter from Kathy Kuo Home.

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comEdgar Round Modern Glass Square Brass Stopper Decanter - Kathy Kuo Home ($180)

We are LOVING this amusing cuttingboard set from The Well Appointed House. The marble finish adds sophistication to the darling slice of cheese design, and will look fabulous on any tabletop (and under any type of cheese).

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comHunk of Cheeseboard and Knife - The Well Appointed House ($80)

Looking to add a modern and understated feel to your table? Your search is over. These pieces from DWR are transitional enough to incorporate into your existing dinnerware and are a great way to bring a little somethin' somethin' to your entertaining.

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comStandard Ware China - Design Within Reach ($145-$205)

Beautifully crafted and functional in design, these serving platters are ideal for entertaining. We would use two platters in the middle of the table to eliminate the need for passing dishes and possibly avoiding the traditional (sigh) family quarrel.

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comDanica Modern Silver Chestnut Serving Platters (Set of 2) - Kathy Kuo Home ($225)

This flatware is simply stunning. Elegant and with a charming vintage feel, this colorful flatware is fitting year round. Isn't it cool?

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comResplendent Flatware - Anthropologie ($36)

The elongated stem and rounded bowl keep these wine glasses interesting but they are traditional enough to pair flawlessly with any table setting (and most wines).

Bring home inspired design at www.bluGloss.comCamille Wine Glass - Crate & Barrel ($11.96)

And, there you have it -- our latest picks for adding interest to your holiday table.

Bon appetit!

bG Designer

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