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by Reisha Zang

When entertaining, it’s all about the details. Whether you’re planning a holiday celebration, formal dinner party or casual breakfast buffet your table sets the tone. So if you lean toward the contemporary, emulate the classic style or prefer a rustic look there are serving pieces, stemware and place settings to enhance your presentation. An added bonus: a well-dressed table will distract your company from your culinary shortcomings. Here are a dozen of our favorites.

We All Scream

For Ice Cream

Beautiful on its own, we say load up this Ercius Ice Cream Cup with gelato, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts and top with sprinkles for the ultimate in decadent sundaes.

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SILVER & GOLD

Let your creative juices flow to create a unique tabletop with earthenware and metals, accented with hand-gilded 24-carat gold from the French design house of L’Objet.

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CENTER STAGE

In the world of tablescapes, everything focuses on the centerpiece. Trust the pros at Camelback Flowershop to arrange the freshest seasonal blooms that will compliment your colors, theme and personal style.

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SNAKE CHARMER

Place on the dining table or display at a buffet spread, this serving tray by Georg Jensen will hold fruit, nuts or candy. Its sensuous curves and mirrored finish are sure to turn heads.

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Mad Men Makeover

Modern and edgy, this artistic gold-plated ice bucket and matching ice scoop by Michael Aram adds a little rock ‘n’ roll glam and luxury to any bar cart.

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Perfect Pairing

This sleek and simple dishware collection designed by Rebecca Finnell translates perfectly for both everyday meals and special occasions.  Unique feature, the plates each have a rim that securely holds its paired bowl in place.

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Color Your World

Instantly decorate your tabletop with a splash of color. From bold and bright to simple and ele-gant, it’s easy to match your mood with the right table linen.

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CHIN CHIN

Why wait for company?  You’ll want to raise your glass and make a toast every night with these colorful mouth-blown leaded crystal champagne flutes by Baccarat.

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Not Your Grandma’s Tea

There is nothing like a formal tea to make an afternoon get-together special. This glamorous tea set by Tom Dixon brings modern flare to an age-old tradition.

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Move Over

This solid wood serving board with sliding removable quartz tray designed by Rebecca Finell is a fun way to display hors d’oeuvres and get the party started. www.maindishaz.com

The Spice of Life

Spice up your table with this limited-edition Petri dinner plates. The set of six different colorful designs created by artist Vik Muniz is produced by Bernardaud.

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Jungle Fever

Known for translating their luxury aesthetic into homeware, Hermès has created a new porcelain service. Titled Carnets d’ Equateur, the design pays homage to artist and naturalist Robert Dallet.

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Simply Stylish

Form and function come together beautifully in this handcrafted glassware collection from Feli-cia Ferrone, making a simple glass of wine look like a work of art.

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