There’s nothing better than having friends over for a spring dinner party—light, fresh dishes paired with crisp, mineral-y wines; cocktails garnished with herbs from your garden; and eating outside, late into the evening sun, breaking open a special bottle of champagne for your guests.
Springtime is also a great excuse to indulge in a few new additions to your table. This spring, I’m loving whites and soft plush pinks, as well as minimalism in materials, which lets the beauty of in-season food and drink shine. Go for a look that pairs irregular, handmade materials, like ceramics, with simple, geometric elements. You’ll craft a look that’s both modern and familiar. I’ve rounded up some beautiful pieces to add to your table—now you just need to find the right people to invite.
With summer comes a lighter, fresher tabletop aesthetic. Anchor it with these airy, beautiful glass vases, which make the perfect vessels for understated summer flowers.
$95-$295, MoMA Store
Use several of these little bowls—made from the dense wood of apricot trees—around your table for salted nuts, sauces, spices, or sea salt.
$25, belayahvoya store on Etsy
These delicate, yet informal, prosecco glasses are handmade by the artisan duo Daniel Spitzer (former Dale Chihuly crew member) and his partner Jill Reynolds. They create each piece in a flame, using only hand tools. The result is a beautifully irregular and elegant glass for sparkling wine.
$66/pair, Malfatti Glass
These ultra linear utensils are a lovely nod to the refined aesthetic of stainless steel chopsticks. They are a perfect complement to more organically-shaped dishware and glassware.
$428/set of 4, Alessi
These handmade Italian ceramic bowls are a rustic-yet-refined way to serve green summer salads, fresh berries, or chilled gazpacho soups.
Il Buco Vita, the recently-opened decor shop above the beloved Il Buco restaurant, sources ceramics from friends and artisans of the owners in Umbria.
$34, Il Buco Vita
Iittala Karito Clear Pitcher
When planning out your cocktails, keep in mind you’ll need a sleek pitcher if you’re serving them in batches. This quirky, beaker-esque pitcher from Iittala is the perfect size for spritzer bases or summer
For outdoor dining, metal cutlery can sometimes feel too angular and heavy. Try setting the table with these walnut spoons for appetizers, soups, and grain salads.
$25, belayahvoya on Etsy
Old Fashioned can feel…old fashioned. These gravity-defying cocktail glasses make for stylish happy hours, regardless of how classic the drink.
If you love geometric designs, you have to love this bowl, designed by a European architecture firm. The piece is part of the firm’s vision to bring big scale architectural down to a more personal scale.
Artist Julia Paul creates a unique rust-colored band on these pitchers by leaving part of the surface unglazed. The landscape near her home in Virginia informs her fresh, natural ceramic designs.
$38, Fine Life Company
Edge Wine Glasses
For a more modern approach to summer wines, get these sleek new flat-bottomed glasses from Crate & Barrel. They’re wide enough to be breathable, but still have that slim profile of traditional white and rosé wine glasses.
$13, Crate & Barrel
Christine Barbato makes each of these ceramic plates in her Scottsdale, Arizona, studio. She adds a charming lace imprint on the back, and allows each plate to have its own unique shape and irregularities—to bring a bit of whimsy to your summer pies and tarts.
$107/set of 4, Blue Door Ceramics on Etsy