You have those minimalist white dishes nobody will ever know you bought on sale, the matching wine glasses your mom gave you, and the perfect vintage linen napkins. The problem is, if you serve that stunner of a salad in a metal mixing bowl, your table isn’t going to look so put together. A polished brass appetizer tray, individualized butter dishes, a charming cow creamer for after-dinner coffee—these are the design-forward serving pieces that can honest-to-god make the food taste better.

Flower Marble Dip Bowl, $6.99 on Sur la Table (originally $20)

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This scalloped edge bowl is far more elegant than whatever else you’re putting any dips or sauces in. Also? This is the kind of double-duty bowl that works as eye candy on a coffee table.See It

Gold-Dipped Pinch Bowls, 2 for $58 on Food52


The hint of gold and soft wash of color on these bowls are a pretty addition to any cheese or dessert plate that needs an extra garnish.See It

Mosser Jadeite Pitcher, $45 on Sur la Table

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Everyone will ask which European antique store you bought this vintage-looking pitcher from.See It

Copper and Brass Louise Trays, $50 – $120 on Food52


Go for the mint or blush colors for a surprising shine under your appetizer spread.See It

Marble and Glass Cloche, $59.95 on Sur la Table

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A simple but sophisticated way to show off your quiches, pies, or cookies. Plus removing the top adds a bit of drama to any dessert unveiling.See It

Mini Ramekins, 6 for $7.99 on Amazon


Giving each guest their own butter dish is one of those simple table setting moves that instantly catapults your hosting status to expert level.See It

Creative Home Marble Round Trivet, $19.99 on Amazon


This non-porous marble trivet is the only cheese board you’ll ever need.See It

Gorham Valcourt 3-piece Hostess Set, $36.49 on Target


Yes, this is the kind of go-to serving trio your great-grandmother probably used. Which is exactly why it looks so timeless on modern and traditional tables alike.See It

Dansk Wood Classics Tulip Salad Bowl, $44.48 on Amazon (originally $72)


Let’s face it. Greens looks so much better in a let’s-channel-the-70’s wooden bowl. You have to hand wash it (it’s made from acacia) but the effect is worth it.See It

Serving Platter in Cream from Hearth and Hand, $29.99 on Target


Joanna Gaines can’t be wrong when it comes to farmhouse style. This is the stalwart platter you pull out at every meal.See It

Stoneware Mixing Bowl Set from Hearth and Hand, $29.99 on Target


A simple set of bowls that are sturdy enough to stand in for kitchen prep, but are pretty enough to head straight out onto the table, too.See It

Porcelain Cow Creamer, $15 on Sur la Table

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Absolutely not a want, but a need. This is one of those smile-making pieces you use all the time, even if you’re having coffee by yourself.See It

La Rochère Elise Ice Cream Bowls, 6 for $65 on Sur la Table

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Is there an easier, no-fail dessert than a scoop of ice cream? Elevate whichever Ben & Jerry’s you have on hand with these ice cream bowls that read very French patisserie.See It

Traditional Oval Catering Serving Tray, 4 for $20.99 on Amazon


You spent hours in the kitchen toiling over those Italian pastries. Don’t miss out on your ta-da moment by placing those pignolis on a regular ol’ plate. Instead, reach for one of these silver beauties that look much more expensive than they are.See It

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