One of the best parts of entertaining is shopping for pieces that both you and your guests will adore. Whether you’re planning early for the fall and winter holidays or you’re simply looking for some bright and joyful dinnerware and serveware for summer festivities and weeknight meals, browse our tabletop and bar sale to help find just the right pieces you need that fall right in line with your budget. With everything from red, white and blue dinner plates for grilling for an Independence Day barbecue to elegant chargers for a more formal meal, we have everything you need at Williams-Sonoma to make your meals extraordinary.
When it comes to dinnerware, you want eclectic and versatile pieces that not only fit in well with your current tabletop and kitchen ensemble, but that are also easy to clean and maintain with longevity that lasts for decades. Consider elegant porcelain dinnerware, available in a variety of colors, for both the durability and elegance you’re seeking. Opt for a set, or consider dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, coffee mugs and other accessories separately, only buying what you need.
The right serveware is also an important part of any meal, whether you’re entertaining a crowd or are sitting down with the family on a Thursday evening. Neutral and white colors are excellent pieces, as they match and complement well with every occasion. Look for platters, cake plates and dessert stands to help dress your table elegantly, and plate chargers in a variety of colors and metallics to add just a pop of vibrancy.
Beyond dinnerware and serveware, how you dress your table is an important part of your dining room decor. It’s a good idea to stock up on several different types of tablecloths and runners, as a quick change-up allows you to turn your dining room table from formal Thanksgiving meal to a Super Bowl party in a flash. Tablecloths are meant to cover the entire table while a runner is placed gently down the middle of the table, usually held in place by a centerpiece. Look for tablecloth materials in strong yet soft jacquard and cotton so they’re easy to clean and maintain after each meal. To polish off the look, matching place mats are always a nice touch, especially for a larger get-together. Alternatively, you can also contrast complementary colors between your table settings, especially if you’re adding linen or cloth napkins as well. Candles and place card holders are also always a nice touch, even for a casual event.
If you’re planning a wine and cheese or cocktail party, you’ll want to present your tabletop in a slightly different way. Opt for copper and other metallic serving and condiment bowls for foods such as crackers, antipasto and sauces. Consider an elegant cutting or cheese board only used for events. One with a marble or wood construction works well when serving wine and cheese. A white marble stand is also a great idea for semi-firm cheeses, desserts and fruits.
When it comes to your cocktail glasses, having a decanter and wine glasses already on the table is a wonderful idea, or consider a set of wine glasses, particularity if you’re partaking in white or sparkling wine. For mixed drinks and other cocktails, opt for a set of bar glasses that serve to make any drink. Having the right glassware on hand is sure to make your party a success. Manhattan, martini and margarita glasses are must-have items, and it’s also good to add tumblers, highballs and old-fashioned glasses to your bar set. Many of the glassware sets can be monogrammed, allowing you to personalize your bar collection or find a thoughtful and well-appreciated special gift for nearly any occasion.