Winter-tainment Party Guide
33 inspired products — plus 6 smart ideas — for hosting a fun gathering this season
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Tea towels, originally used for practical chores, now come in a variety of colors and patterns, including gorgeous French-inspired, hand-stamped prints from Couleur Nature Fine Linens, $48/three, The Italian Dish, Birmingham.
Ready, Set, Go!
Where to put the water glass? On which side of the main fork should you put the salad fork? It’s all explained in Which Fork Do I Use? Confident and Comfortable Dining by Rosemarie Burns and Linda Reed. Dining etiquette, manners, and setting the table are becoming lost arts. Bring them back with this comprehensive guide, $24.95, amazon.com and metro-area Barnes & Noble stores, barnesandnoble.com.
Sense of Place
The Pebble motif placemats (inspired by stones on a beach) from Chilewich, $10/ea., add instant style to any tablescape. Metro-area Macy’s stores, macys.com; metro-area Sur La Table stores, surlatable.com; and A Touch of Lace, Bloomfield Hills.
TWIG candlesticks, designed by Jocelyn Deris and available in a variety of finishes, including white or copper lacquer, light up a table with style, $540/ea., Roche Bobois, Birmingham.
Shake It Up!
Rosanna Dore’s gold salt and pepper shakers, $26/set, Waiting on Martha, shopwaitingonmartha.com, add just the right bling to your table.
Just Fur You
Cute critters are invited to the festivities, with Rachel Kozlowski-designed Dapper Animal dinnerware, $10/plate, West Elm, Birmingham.
Bowl of Merries
“I bring a gift for the host or hostess — some sort of delectable in a unique container or vessel from, say, Lori Karbal (Birmingham), that has it own artistic merit,” says Jon Jordan, WDIV Local 4 style editor. “That’s guaranteed to ‘bowl’ them over.”