Upgrade your Thanksgiving presentation with stylish new dinnerware
Thanksgiving is coming—perhaps way faster than you imagined it would. Before you enter full-scale panic mode, where you run around the house screaming at your husband, kids, and dog about how you’re not ready for the biggest food holiday of the year, try to get a hold of yourself. Think of all of the things you’ll need—and we’re not just talking turkey and stuffing, we’re talking cookware and napkins, booze and tablecloths.
And while the spotlight is always trained directly on the main course, the food-a-thon that Thanksgiving is involves appetizers, dips, soups, desserts, and whatever else your weird family traditions call for. Make sure you stock up with the right servingware; otherwise you’ll have to face a lecture from your Aunt Terry about how “you kids” don’t have the proper trappings that make a home a real home.
1. Avva Felt Breadbasket ($62, Harabu House): We’ve all seen the commercials for Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, where everyone fights over the soft, buttery [canned] rolls. Truly, bread is one of the most important elements of a meal. This Avva Felt Breadbasket will keep rolls warm out of the oven (as if they would last that long). Available in brown and white.
2. Wooden Pig Bowl ($30, Fishs Eddy): Thanksgiving is the one day when literally everyone—even your fitness-obsessed friends—indulges. What better vessel to house snacks eaten on the most gluttonous holiday of the year than this Wooden Pig Bowl?
3. Bono Bowl Set ($50, Horne): Since nobody asks for fine china or silver in their wedding registry anymore, you probably don’t have a gravy boat. The good news is that you probably only have one occasion per year in which you actually need a gravy boat; the bad news is that occasion would be Thanksgiving dinner. But guess what? A bowl works just as well as a gravy boat. This Bono Bowl Set is modern and sleek, and the three-piece set can hold your gravy, mashed potatoes, and peas.
4. Artek Siena Tray ($29, Horne): Whether you’re serving up the turkey already-carved or assembling an elaborate pre-meal cheese platter, this simple and bright Artek Siena Tray can be your go-to tray. Available in yellow and red.
5. Multi-Stripe Chevron Tray ($9, Cost Plus World Market): Somewhere along the line, every girl became obsessed with chevron, and not the kind of chevron that your Uncle Jim is interested in—the pattern that now appears on everything from people’s manicures to their sweaters to their bedroom walls. Join in on the trend with this colorful Multi-Stripe Chevon Tray.
6. Wud Walnut Platters ($50 each, CB2): Nothing says, “I’m a secure adult” like having wooden things. They show you’re down-to-Earth, and they also show that you’ve graduated from the chipped plastic trays that you bought in college and have moved from apartment to apartment for the last 10 years. These handsome Wud Walnut Platters are the perfect way to impress distant relatives with your home-goods choices as well as your knowledge of artisanal cheeses.
7. Manhattan Blue Plate Special Platter ($43, Fishs Eddy): There are people who pine for their mother’s home cooking, and there are people like me whose mothers’ home cooking involved opening various cans or microwaving assorted packages. Every meal was a veritable “Blue Plate Special,” which is why the idea of serving up your own (hopefully improved) fare on this Manhattan Blue Plate Special Platter this Thanksgiving seems more than appropriate.
Amanda Waas is the creator of You’re Welcome, a gift guide site for all of life’s awkward occasions. Her writing has appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray, Glamour, Time Out New York, AOL’s Shelterpop and DIY Life, and various others. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.