Serve your guests a stylish and scrumptious feast this fall with the latest in china, flatware, and to-die-for accessories.
^^ These diminutive and delightful dessert plates by Rosenthal and chocolatier MarieBelle are inspired by the New York confectioner’s own whimsical packaging. Perfect for a truffle or two. $145 for a boxed set of four at Napa Home. 4012 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-520-4880.
^^ Jaune de Chrome is a favorite of discerning entertainers, and the signature china for Alain Ducasse’s restaurants around the globe. The relaunched French porcelain collection has patterns in smoky and metallic glazes that are both unanticipated and elegant. Mix the patterns to create a dramatic signature look. Cream Scale teacup, $87; saucer, $46; dinner plate, $116. Aguirre with gold finition dessert plate, $90; buffet, $151. Exclusively at Neiman Marcus. NorthPark Center. 214-363-8311.
With one foot in mid-century and the other foot one step ahead, Jonathan Adler breathes wit and whimsy into the staid dinner table with his Circles & Stripes collection. The chocolate/ milky blue pattern is a lot of look for very little dime. Four informal four-piece place settings, $96 at Legacy Trading Company. 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 104. 214-953-2222. >>
<< Kate Spade’s new St. Kitts black-and-white collection is a bold, graphic take on her normal array of bright polka dots and floral stripes. It’s striking yet still maintains a feminine edge. Pinney’s Beach, Dogwood Point, and Nag’s Head patterns, $14-$26 per piece at Kate Spade. NorthPark Center. 214-368-0003.
Based on an 18th-century pattern, this Mottahedeh Sacred Bird and Butterfly gold-rimmed china adds a delicate yet dazzling touch to your autumn-inspired dinner table. Five-piece place setting, $195 at Neiman Marcus. NorthPark Center. 214-363-8311. >>
<< French silversmith House of Odiot is famous for what has been called the finest flatware in the world. So precious, in fact, that pieces are available by special order only through a few select stores. The famed emperor’s mother, Laetitia Bonaparte, commissioned the Laetitia pattern, and each piece is decorated with a peacock and horns of plenty. Available in silver or gold vermeil. Five-piece setting, $1,995 at Madison. Highland Park Village. 214-528-8118.
For stylish flatware with a hint of the exotic, Ashanti offers its Zimbabwe pattern in variegated hues from cream to gold to brown. Five-piece setting, $190 at Neiman Marcus. NorthPark Center. 214-363-8311. >>
<< Namb introduces Spinnaker flatware, a great example of slim-lined, minimalist style and equally significant for how it is produced. Each implement is one solid piece, heat-forged to create thicker, heavier-gauged flatware. Five-piece setting, $125 at Nambe. NorthPark Center. 214-691-6261.
What looks slightly Old World but pairs nicely with today’s sophisticated dinnerware? Alton by Williams-Sonoma, featuring pewter handles and 18/10 stainless steel with European sizing. Five-piece setting, $92; 20-piece set, $368, at Williams-Sonoma. Highland Park Village. 214-219-1753. >>
<< Make your own fortune with this silver-plated fortune cookie place card holder. $18 each at Madison. Highland Park Village. 214-528-8118.
From cocktail settings to the dining table, the season’s newest horn accessories are appealing to the eye and smooth to the touch. Fran Stoia lip bowl, $24 at Forty Five Ten. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. >>
<< Ideal for hors d’oeuvres, sushi, or even candles, square alabaster serving plates are solid and timeless, in a shape that is thoroughly modern. By local company Tozai in three sizes. $25-$45 at Nuvo. 3900 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-522-6886.
The Ava decanter is as curvy as Marilyn Monroe and twice as sexy. Its deep amber hue is perfect for showcasing delicate dessert wines or drizzling homemade vinaigrette. $32.95 at Crate & Barrel. 5221 Alpha Rd. 972-934-1800. >>
<< Twos Company large scoop with variegated horn handle is perfect for fruit salads and the like. $85 at Nuvo. 3900 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-522-6886.
An exquisite gem of a vessel, this amethyst saltcellar with natural copper-gold veining is accompanied by a delicate silver spoon. Also available in lapis lazuli. $110-125 each at Madison. Highland Park Village. 214-528-8118. >>
<< Michael Aram’s Lotus Pond collection is inspired by the sinuous and elegant curves of the artist’s favorite flower. Platter, $28. Five-piece stainless steel flatware set, $75. Both at Napa Home. 4012 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-520-4880.
Reach for the Sky
Add some drama to your table with designer Robert Kuo’s tree trunk candelabra. With its lustrous black copper finish and crystal flower buds, this stunning piece will be the talk of your next dinner party. Hopefully, not more than your cooking. To the trade only. $1,200 at Baker Knapp & Tubbs. 1520 Slocum St., Suite 790. 214-741-2586. >>
How to Care for Your Silver
Love your silver but dread using it because you have to polish, hand-wash, and pack it up again? Helen Buchanan, founder and proprietress of 46-year-old The Copper Lamp (208
* Clean only when necessary” before use or display. Tarnish need not be removed before storing.
* Eggs, mayonnaise, and onions contain sulphur that may damage your silver. Don’t let these foods linger on your pieces.
* Wear cotton “not rubber” gloves when handling or cleaning silver.
* Avoid displaying or storing silver in humid areas, which increase tarnish.
* Do not store your silver in newspaper, felt, leather, wool, or plastic. These can cause tarnish and remove silver plating. Store your silver in tarnish-resistant cloths or pouches to prevent oxidation and scratches.
* Use products specifically for sterling and silver plate. (Buchanan recommends Hagerty’s Silver Foam and Silver Duster polishing cloths or treated wipes.) Metal cleaners, silver dips, and mechanical buffers can all damage your treasured pieces.