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22 Expert-Approved Entertaining Essentials That’ll Have Everyone Asking “Where’d You Get This?”

Words by Laura Dahlgren
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Photography by Michael Clifford; Styling by Kate Berry

It’s that time of year when dinner tables take center stage.

As any good host knows, a thoughtfully designed 'scape lays the foundation for an enchanting evening. Our Experts agree: “Everything is about context and how pieces work off each other,” said Jenna Lyons on The Expert Podcast. “On a Thanksgiving table, items on their own may not do much, but when mixed all together, it’s magical.”

From sustainably sourced linens to handpainted ceramics, our Experts have curated the ultimate edit of entertaining essentials. Browse their picks and set your table apart.

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The Best Dinnerware for Entertaining

Gigi Dessert Plate

“A collection of these dessert plates can layer over a variety of other dinner plate patterns and the deep emerald hue adds a colorful touch to any table.” —Lauren Elaine, Lauren Elaine Interiors

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Carolina Irving & DaughtersGigi Dessert PlateSHOP NOW

Coupe Dinner Plate, Set of 2

“You can't go wrong with these beautiful, classic white plates with a thin blue pinstripe. The simplicity is timeless and they pair so well with everything.” —Meta Coleman

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French Dinner Plate

“I love the color and the classic, sophisticated shape of this dinner plate! When I entertain, I love using pieces that are interesting and attention-grabbing, but not too precious. These are dishwasher safe and add such a fun pop of color to the table.” —Mandy Cheng, Mandy Cheng Design

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Z.d.G.French Dinner PlateSHOP NOW

Splatter Dinner Plate

“The Splatter Dinner Plate is a great option for both everyday meals and for dinner parties. It can be paired with so many different looks, making it a no-brainer when entertaining.” —Whitney McGregor

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Sharland EnglandSplatter Dinner PlateSHOP NOW

Tulip Dessert Plate

“I love to pair these beautiful hand-painted tulip plates with simple blue and white accessories to make them stand out even more.” —Meta Coleman

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Carolina Irving & DaughtersTulip Dessert PlateSHOP NOW

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The Best Serveware for Entertaining

Assisi Cake Stand

“This cake stand comes in such fun colors, and given that dinner guests often bring a dessert, what better gift than pairing this with your favorite cake or pie? I also love that it gives some height variation to a table.” —Mandy Cheng, Mandy Cheng Design

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Squiggle Pitcher

“The combination of stainless steel with a wavy handle makes this pitcher feel both whimsical and refined. It’s a fantastic addition to any table.” —Stefani Stein

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Sugar Plum Oval Platter

“When hosting, I like to start with designing a beautiful tablescape. It really becomes the focal point and brings everyone together. I typically try to find some bold pieces, like this Sugar Plum Oval Platter, which can double as art on your walls, too.” —Whitney McGregor

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Pienza Pitcher

“Petite and delicate, this heirloom piece is one to pass down for generations to come.” —Lauren Liess

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Il Buco VitaPienza PitcherSHOP NOW

Beatrice Serving Platter

“One can never have too many serving platters! This one by Carolina Irving and Daughters is very pretty and a great size.” —Angus Buchanan, Buchanan Studio

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Carolina Irving & DaughtersBeatrice Serving PlatterSHOP NOW

Floralie Serving Plate

“The unique color of this piece makes it a showstopper on any table!” —Bria Hammel

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Low Pedestal Bowl

“These vintage-inspired bowls are an entertaining workhorse. Use them for serving side dishes for an intimate dinner, place them at the cocktail station to hold citrus slices, or fill them with fancy bar snacks.” —Lauren Elaine, Lauren Elaine Interiors

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The Best Linens for Entertaining

Linen Napkins, Set of 4

“I am constantly on the hunt for quality linen napkins and adore the simplicity of these Madre Linens. They’re great when hosting for all ages!” —Whitney McGregor

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Twist Napkins “Elevated table linens are essential. These are fun and playful while also being luxurious. They feel like something grandma made just for you and I love that!” —Tiffany Thompson, Duett Interiors

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Napa Tablecloth

“I adore the color scheme of this tablecloth. I love creating unique color palettes for dinner parties that are a little more unexpected and this makes a great backdrop.” —Bria Hammel

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The Best Drinkware for Entertaining

Pienza Tapered Goblet “Italian blown glassware is my jam. I love the historic nod, the vintage vibe, and the old-world glam that a goblet brings. My suggestion is to purchase several in each color and mix them up around the table.” —Mandy Cheng, Mandy Cheng Design

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Totem Glasses

“I have a bit of a thing for pink and brown as a color combination, so adore these Totem glasses. Also, the shape is very unique and I love the ball stem.” —Angus Buchanan, Buchanan Studio

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Set of 4 Recycled Glass Tumblers

“These are my tried and true weeknight wine glasses, and I love them. Add these to any table, and they’ll keep it from feeling too stuffy. Friends can comfortably sip on wine all night long without worrying about tipping over their glasses.” —Mandy Cheng, Mandy Cheng Design

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La Riccia Maremma Goblet

“These glasses are a favorite. They’re hand-blown which makes them feel collected. Perfect for someone like my mom who loves to host gatherings.” —Jake Arnold

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The Best Accessories for Entertaining

Rattan Placemats “These rattan placemats are indispensable and immediately add a textural element and sense of patina to a table with their rich toffee color. They’re also made by my lovely friend Louise who is the chicest!” —Ariel Okin

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Spiral Coasters

“Coasters are a much-needed accessory when entertaining. These spiral brutalist coasters remind me of an Alexander Calder Sculpture.” —Meta Coleman

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Candleholder Pair “I love the raw, sculptural feel of these candlesticks. The more, the merrier!” —Lauren Liess

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