When it comes to entertaining, distinctive serve ware makes the food shine. Tiered etageres, footed bowls, and cake stands add height and make everything look more important. Colors can be eye catching but white is always right.
“The European craft of glossy white high-fired ceramic is so elegant and yet ever so practical, and chip resistant,” says Sybille van Kempen of Loaves & Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton. Chefs, celebrities, and civilians alike depend on this chic emporium for their high-end entertaining not only for white but for elegant blue and white Royal Copenhagen, custom wood bowls made from fallen trees by Vermont’s Spencer Peterman, and artisan trays from Terrafirm.
Hand-painted Royal Copenhagen blue and white porcelain adds a touch of classic elegance. 3 Tier Etagere $400; Footed Compote $450; Footed Cake Plate $495; loavesandfishes.us
Art for the Table
Terrafirma Ceramics cobalt blue trays designed and handmade by New York artist Ellen Evans.
$50 to $180 loavesandfishes.us
Pillivuyt oval porcelain serving platters work as well for breakfast as evening entertaining.
$119.95 to $149.95 williams-sonoma.com
A Cake Stands Alone
Pillivuyt white porcelain cake stand.
A Saenz double walled hammered beverage tub keeps the party supplied. $76.99 wayfair.com
Iced Tea, Milk, or Juice
White ceramic pitcher wrapped in handwoven into,
a richly colored sustainable tropical vine.