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Guest Picks: 20 Picks for a Great Gathering
Happy times are had when family and friends gather together for a meal. The food can be fancy or fancy-free, but it's the gathering together that makes the meal. And it's the little touches that make your loved ones feel special. These 20 picks are sure to set the space for a happy gathering, or at least make you want to plan one. — Trina from La La Lovely
Small Porcelain Dish - $15
These small dishes are so dainty and sweet. They would work perfectly for small tastings or delicate desserts.
Heredia Tablecloth - $118
Nothing sets a table better than a pretty tablecloth. I love the pattern and color of this one. It's so fresh and lively and sets the tone for a beautiful meal with loved ones.
Root of the Earth Serving Tray - $69
This natural, carved wood serving tray is perfect for casual gatherings that might not be around a table. I'd be happy to serve up a summertime lunch or supper on this tray.
Hand-Painted Folk Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers - $24
It's always good to have salt and pepper on hand at the dinner table, so why not have shakers that add interest? I adore these vintage-looking owls.
Silo Votives - $24
Candlelight sets the mood and makes everyone feel special. I love these soft-colored ceramic votives. They remind me of little buildings with windows, which are perfect for letting the light shine through.
Ecofriendly Large Cloth Napkins by JAQS Studio - $13.50
Cloth napkins aren't for every day, but they are for special meals. This floral print is fun and unstuffy and makes for great decor to add to any table setting.
Hearty Table - $1,299
The most important piece for a meal is the table. I love this rustic, industrial take on a farm table. It is warm, inviting and looks like it would pass the test of time. The only thing it needs is a group of friends gathered around it.
Seletti Posate Cutlery - $273
Gold cutlery is special. Yes, it can be used for a special occasions, but it can also be fun on a regular night with special friends. This rich gold color mixed with the modern shape is perfection.
Dip-Dye Placemat Set - $14
I love dressing up my table with placemats. These dip-dyed ones look like pieces of art. Anyone who dines on them would certainly feel special.
White Coffee Mug - $26
Dinner is great, but coffee and dessert are what friends linger over. The modern look of these mugs is so pretty. I can imagine the lovely color of coffee making them even prettier.
Blu Dot Hot Mesh Indoor/Outdoor Chair - $99
Everyone wants to take a seat at get-togethers. I think these chairs have such a great design and come in such fun colors. I really love that they work for both indoor and outdoor dining so that you can gather either in or out.
Alessi Socrates Corkscrew - $205
Getting a group together usually involves opening a bottle of wine. This corkscrew is pretty enough to leave laying around, even during a dinner party — and I think it is the little details that make all the difference.
Sukat Makkaralla Glass Pitcher - $89
This is possibly the prettiest pitcher I've ever seen. I'd fill it with water, tea or lemonade on a hot summer day.
Felted Foliage Garland - $16
Sometimes a little extra something is needed to make a space look special. This felted foliage garland is light, airy and interesting.
Le Creuset Signature Round Wide Dutch Oven, 6 3/4-Quart, Red - $300
One-pot meals are a really good idea when inviting a group over. Le Creuset Dutch ovens are perfect for making a meal ahead of time, and they are just so pretty.
Utopia Cap'n & Stewardess Vase - $295
Flowers at the table are always a good idea, but an even better idea is putting flowers in a fun and quirky vase. It adds instant interest, just like that.
Croquet Set - $169
Getting together should be fun. After the meal has been served and everyone is full, it is always fun to move to the backyard for a few games. This replica of an English croquet set is so pretty.
Bunny Place Card Holders - $28
A non-holiday dinner doesn't require place cards, but I say, why not? These bunny place card holders are pretty and playful. Why not write a sweet little note or quote on them?
Venetian-Style Champagne Flutes
For very special gatherings, I adore these Venetian-style champagne flutes. I love the different patterns and styles all within one set.