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Best Bets: 10 Pieces for Fall Entertaining

The transition from summer to fall always feels like a welcome one, perhaps because the coming seasons have so much to offer, from small dinner parties to holiday celebrations to a simple evening indoors with family. Here are some of our favorite autumn entertaining designs—even if the only one you're entertaining is yourself.

Ruutu Vases by Iittala

Even used alone these architectural vases are an impressive addition to tabletop—but they really shine when used in a group. Try layering rich fall colors like Cranberry and Copper to create a dynamic centerpiece that can be dressed up or down, depending on your foliage of choice. Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

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Ruutu Vases by Iittala.

RO Tea Pot by Blomus

Showcase your hospitality and your good taste with a nice hot cuppa. This teapot and coordinating pieces were inspired by traditional Japanese tea service but are durable enough for everyday teatime rituals.

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RO Tea Pot by Blomus.

Joy No. 11 Gold Basket by Alessi

A shimmering centerpiece like this brings a festive, ambient glow and a dose of glamour to any tabletop. Fill it with something decorative, or use it as a serving piece for graze-able snacks during an evening in.

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Joy No. 11 Gold Basket by Alessi.

Signal Placemat by Chilewich

A bit of strong fall color grounds a tabletop display, like the bold navy shapes and burgundy touches in this Chilewich placemat. The subtle diamond pattern is made of a mix many colors, creating a soft effect that works with many décor styles.

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Signal Placemat by Chilewich.

Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala

When your cooking tools look this good, there's no need to swap it for a serving dish before bringing it to the table. This cast iron pot is cooler weather's best friend, serving up function and style for soups, stews and casseroles that combat winter chills.

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Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala.

My New Flame Rechargeable LED Candle by Ingo Maurer

Candles are a great way to add a cozy touch as the weather cools down, but sometimes an open flame isn't the best option. Ingo Maurer's My New Flame is a candle made for modern times. Pop this on a table for all the ambiance of a candle or a warm-lit lamp, without pesky cables (or pesky fire risk).

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My New Flame Rechargeable LED Candle by Ingo Mauer.

Socrates Corkscrew by Alessi

This Jasper Morrison-designed corkscrew makes each bottle a presentation. The design is a humorous take on the "Socratic method"—the Athenian philosopher's art of extracting the right answers from the person you're dealing with. This is the perfect time of year to use this beauty to extract the right red wine into the glasses of guests.

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Socrates Corkscrew by Alessi.

Ahhh Scent Diffuser by Alessi

Of all the senses, the fall season seems especially tuned in to scent. With notes of vetiver, hyacinth and cardamom, this Alessi diffuser is perfect for injecting the feeling of fall into parties big or small.

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Ahhh Scent Diffuser by Alessi.

Michael Graves Oval Tray with Handles by Alessi

Coordinating with his legendary kettle, Michael Graves designed this tray to add a touch of fun to a staid serving piece. Whether it's loaded with canapés or cocktails, this tray's shiny finish will add the right amount of fancy to signal a great party.

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Michael Graves Oval Tray with Handles by Alessi.

NERO Insulated Espresso Glasses by Blomus

The end of every dinner party can be an event in itself with the right digestif, and an evening espresso is a great way to ward off the chill and aid digestion. These stylish demitasses keep your drink warm but your hands cool, whether you fill it with a post-meal coffee or a much-needed hot toddy.

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NERO Insulated Espresso Glasses by Blomus.