8 Dining and Tableware Pieces So Pretty You’ll Want To Leave Them On Display 24/7

published Nov 6, 2020
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There’s something about beautiful tableware and dining accessories that just hits differently these days. Maybe it’s because some of us have been hunkering down indoors lately, slowly collecting special, feel-good pieces for the home. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that many people are cooking more and actually plating their meals. Whatever the reason, if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that my appreciation for something as simple as tableware has really grown lately.

If you feel similarly and have been wondering how to elevate your at-home dining situation, here are eight items that are so easy on the eyes, you might just want to keep them out on display 24/7.

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Ripple Cup

What’s better than the average drinking cup? Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s wavy glasses in shades of lilac, pink, and amber (plus, regular clear glass, too). If you’re ready to ditch those old cups you’ve been looking to replace, try adding one or two of these sculptural, mini works of art to your arsenal. The rippled detailing feels nice in hand and gives you a nice groove to hold onto.

Buy: Sophie Lou Jacobsen Ripple Glass, $25.00 from Coming Soon


An artistic spin on the traditional orange juice pitcher, this eye-catching design by Jochen Holz for Danish brand Hay is made from borosilicate glass, so you don’t have to worry about hot—or super cold—liquids ruining it. Fill it with your drink of choice or style it as a vase with some flowers. Whichever way you decide to use it, it will add a fun pop of color wherever you put it.

Buy: HAY Jug, $40.00 from Design Within Reach

Savrin Rattan Fruit Basket

An airy, natural fiber basket makes a great addition to any home. Place it on your kitchen counter to hold fruit or simply keep it on display as a textural centerpiece. You could also line one with a tea towel and use it to fancy up your bread basket game at dinner.

Buy: Savrin Rattan Fruit Basket, $29.95 from Crate & Barrel

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Weeknight Serving Bowl

Holding true to its name, this serving bowl is your best friend for all weeknight activities. From popcorn-filled movie nights to serving up home-cooked dishes, this truly is the perfect-sized serving bowl. Because East Fork pottery is all handmade and their factory is operating at reduced capacity for COVID-19 safety measures, the shop has shifted to a pre-order model for now. Bookmark this page and get ready to add to cart once the next window for ordering opens.

Buy: Weeknight Serving Bowl, $110.00 from East Fork

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Multicolor Drinking Glasses

Nothing screams “I want to have a dinner party” to me like a set of colored glasses. Why wait until that’s a reality again though, when you can treat yourself to dinner party-esque drinks every night? If, like me, you’d have a hard time choosing just one shade, this pre-mixed set gives you a small rainbow of options.

Buy: Drinking Glasses, $27.99 for a Set of 4 from Amazon

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Sway Platter

This playful platter is a total dream. Made with stoneware clay, it will stand out in any tablescape. I recommend using it to serve your go-to side dish or that big Thanksgiving turkey, but you could also switch things up and put it near your entry as a catchall for your keys, wallet, and mail.

Buy: Sway Platter, $44.50 from West Elm

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Carafe and Glass Set

Never underestimate the power of a nice drinking vessel like a carafe. Some people prefer them at the bedside table, but I think they make for an excellent dinner experience. Keep one of these handy for when it’s safe to have guests over again or for when you’re simply lounging around the house. The ribbed minimalist design, which comes in clear and smoky-colored glass, makes this set quite versatile, too. 

Buy: Ferm Living Ripple Carafe and Glass Set, $53.00 from Amazon

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Porcelain Paper Plate

A picnic favorite—but make it fancy. These handmade porcelain paper plates are so detailed that, at a quick glance, you almost forget they aren’t actually made out of paper. These come in three different sizes, so you can pick a plate that works best for your dining setup. They’re a little spendy, but you only need one for, well, really the rest of your life.  

Buy: Virginia Sin Porcelain Paper Plate, Starting at $42.00 from West Elm