Whether you’re hosting an intimate meal for two or an elaborate Thanksgiving feast for 30, a well-dressed table makes an impact. “A tabletop is the stage that creates the mood of the meal,” says Elizabeth Bloom, owner of Home Grown boutique in Haverford. To help you get that signature look, you’ll find an abundance of dinnerware, glassware and accessories available in local specialty shops and department stores. “Setting a table is something you should have fun doing,” says Bloom. “Simply switching out a place mat can make a dramatic impact.” For a little inspiration, local retailers created the beautiful, eclectic displays on these pages.
Isabella dinnerware from Skyros Designs: charger plate ($39), dinner plate ($28), leaf salad plate ($34), soup bowl ($24), and cup and saucer set ($26). Imported from Portugal and available at Bittersweet Farm, 8 Reese Ave., Newtown Square; (610) 355-1776, bittersweetfarmpa.com.
Kate Spade St. Kitts, Pinney’s Beach and Nag’s Head dinnerware: dinner plate ($25), dessert plate ($17), cup ($21), saucer ($14), accent plate ($22). Mont Clare flatware by Waterford ($300 per set). Classic banded platinum glassware by Vera Wang: goblet ($37), wine glass ($37). Beveled-edge frame by Argento ($100). Available at Bloomingdale’s, 660 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia; (610) 337-6300, bloomingdales.com.
Umbria ceramic dinnerware: dinner plate ($65), soup bowl ($62), cereal bowl ($60), place mat ($40, set of 4); pewter flatware priced upon request. Imported from Italy and available at Via Bellissima, 853 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 581-7414.
Ceramic dinnerware by Alice Goldsmith: dinner plate ($108), salad plate, ($79), place mat ($65), napkin ($30). Rialto gold-plate flatware by Ricci ($125 per setting). Simon Pearce water goblet ($60). Available at Home Grown, 393 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; (610) 642-3601, homegrownpa.com.
Landscape dinnerware by Nicholas Mosse Pottery: dinner plate ($95), salad plate ($68), soup bowl ($45), large mug ($42.50), salt and pepper set ($70), platter ($295), sugar bowl ($55), cream pitcher ($65). Handmade in Ireland and available at the Little House Shop, Spread Eagle Village, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-3222, littlehouseshop.com.