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Best Bets: 10 Stunning Serving Pieces

If you’re a host with the most, you know the importance of presentation to create a proper soiree. Whether it's pre-meal nibbles or the last cocktail of the night, an evening of celebratory provisions deserves to be showcased accordingly. These 10 pieces are sure to wow every guest.

Written by Sarah Schaale

Plate by Iittala x Issey Miyake

Made from vitroporcelain in a soft hexagonal shape, these small plates are perfect for pre-party nibbling. The fresh color palette—a dark green, pale pink and soft white—was designed especially for this collection, which is a special collaboration between Issey Miyake and Iittala. From plates to platters to home décor, the collection blends the craftsmanship and ambiance of both Scandinavian and Asian design traditions.

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Plate by Iittala x Issey Miyake

Kastehelmi Cake Stand by Iittala

Whether homemade or straight from the bakery, this cake stand from one of Iittala’s signature series puts tasty treats on an elegant display. The distinctive dewdrop-like pattern was created by designer Oiva Toikka in 1964 to mask the joint marks that were inevitable in the production of pressed glass. The result was an enhancement to Iittala’s glass “recipe” and a look that quickly became one of the brand’s most recognized and beloved collections.

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Kastehelmi Cake Stand by Iittala

Antechinus Cheese Knife by Alessi

Can a cheese knife start a conversation? If so, this petite blade would be the one to do it. Its smooth lines are reminiscent of both a mouse and his favorite snack, creating a sensuous grip that makes for easy slicing. But the shape isn’t merely functional—it makes for an attractive addition to that beauty of a cheese board you worked so hard on.

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Antechinus Cheese Knife by Alessi

Aarne Set of 2 Cocktail Glasses by Iittala

We love the modern, angular form of Goran Hongell’s Aarne collection, which is especially prevalent in this pair. The designer was one of the pioneers of Finnish glass tradition, and each set is made from mouth-blown glass. A heavy base adds stability to the delicate design.

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Aarne Set of 2 Cocktail Glasses by Iittala

Brew Coffee Collection by Tom Dixon

For coffee aficionados, brewing the perfect cup is a bit of an art—and Tom Dixon’s Brew Collection ensures that serving it is, too. This shiny set is composed of soft dome shapes, polished cylinders and opulent copper finishes, with a beautiful piece for every stage of coffee making, from the scoop of the grounds to the first glorious sip.

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Brew Coffee Collection by Tom Dixon

Fior D'Olio Olive Oil Pourer and Taster by Alessi

This pretty topper not only dresses up the condiment spread, it controls the oxidation process from opening a bottle of the green gold. It fits into the neck of a bottle of olive oil, providing the perfect drizzle right at the table. The bottom glass container serves a second function as a tasting glass, designed in compliance with professional tasting regulations.

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Fior D'Olio Olive Oil Pourer and Taster by Alessi

Nero Insulated Coffee Glasses by Blomus

No need to break out your tired collection of vacation mugs—this double-walled, clear glass duo is a sleek upgrade to a post-meal digestif. The form’s design is insulated to protect hands from the temperature inside. While this set is perfect for serving coffee creations, the parts can also be used for ice-cold desserts or individual party snacks.

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Nero Insulated Coffee Glasses by Blomus

Cha Tea Set by Alessi

A refined and minimalistic way to brew—and serve!—a hot cup of tea, this design goes from the stovetop right to the tabletop. Careful curvatures and a mirror-polished stainless steel finish bring new life to the age-old tradition of tea time, especially when paired with the matching creamer and sugar bowl.

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Cha Tea Set by Alessi

Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe – Gold by Menu

Pro tip: Decanting a bottle of vino before serving it provides aeration that opens up aromas and flavors, especially for full-bodied varieties. So having a decanter on hand (especially one that dresses things up a bit) is a must-have for any home bar. With the Wine Breather Carafe, simply invert a full wine bottle into the top, then serve from the carafe or invert again to return an aerated blend back to the bottle.

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Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe – Gold by Menu

Dressed for X-Mas 3-Tier Cake Stand by Alessi

Marcel Wanders’ Dressed collection for Italian design factory Alessi is ideal for special occasions—but each piece is so beautiful, you’ll be inclined to use it every day. For holiday hosting, this leveled cake stand is a must for serving appetizers or desserts. Each of the stainless steel surfaces has scalloped edges, with the bottom two showcasing the ornamental relief pattern seen throughout the collection.

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Dressed for X-Mas 3-Tier Cake Stand by Alessi
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