If you love to entertain, it pays to know how pretty dinnerware can make food look picture perfect (even when it’s not:-).
Whether you entertain often or every now and then, it it super helpful to know how pretty dinnerware can make food look picture picture. Why? First, because most of us need to “sass up” the look of our food to make it look more appetizing or celebratory. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve despaired at how something I pull from the oven looks (especially cakes) only to be able to stage it to look tons better!
Take the cake in the photos above. I made it this weekend for one of my “other daughters” for a little party that my daughter and some friends threw for her at our house.
This cake (recipe here) is her favorite, so I made it the night before the party. It turned out fine until I glazed it. The ganaches didn’t fall down the sides evenly; it looked a little messy. I had to figure a way to make it look prettier than it was!
Gold Cake Plate: I pulled out some of my go-to pieces of pretty dinnerware. I put the cake on my fave new cake plate. This is the best $26 I’ve spent lately, and I bought two sizes of this same plate to go into the holidays. Glass & gold & square….this makes any cake look fabulous!
Where to buy: For those of you who just want to link on photos and skip my commentary, you can click the image below scroll through items I’m sharing and go directly to where to purchase. If you like more details, I discuss the items that I have, share similar ones, and tell where to buy.
Hammered gold glasses: My tall, slim hammered gold bedecked glasses came from World Market. I bought all they had in stock, which was 4. I can’t find the tall shape that I have online; it may be in store only.
These hammered gold wine glasses at Nordstrom are perfect. Wayfair has a similar collection here.I love the wine glass version; you can put anything in it; folks are using pretty wine glasses for everything. #thinkoutsidethebox
Pink & Gold Plates: I love gold accents on pastels or white. It only takes a few pieces of “wow” to stage the food. You can actually serve it on simple white plates or whatver you have on hand.
I love everything in the Mimra collection at Anthropologie. I buy a piece or two when Antrho has a sale. These occasional pieces are perfect for a dessert or bar cart vignette.
Gold Flatware: This is one of my favorite ways to dress up a table~holdiay or not. I always buy service for 8, which means buying two 20-piece sets.
After researching for a few weeks, I finally ordered this CB2 Rush gold flatware. It is one of the best bangs for the buck that I could find, and it had almost perfect reviews. This flatware is wonderful, and I’ll use it literally every time I entertain.
This West Elm gold flatware is beautiful, but a bit more expensive. There are a few good looking options here at Bed, Bath & Beyond, with the biggest advantage is being able to return in store if you ever had a problem over time.