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Ballard Designs Tableware and Decor for Your Next Dinner Party

Ballard Designs Tableware and Decor for Your Next Dinner Party

January 11, 2024 by Giving Assistant Editorial Team

The first rule of parties: always come bearing gifts.

Ballard Designs is a furniture and home decor store for elevating every room of your house. This summer, consider them your personal planner too. They have everything you need to set the scene for making memories, starting with what’s on the table. All of these items are great for hosting — and they make great hostess gifts. Read on to see what tabletop and kitchen decor we’re coveting from their collection.

13 Ballard Designs Tabletop & Kitchen Decor Pieces for Entertaining:

1. Bunny Williams Dog Salt & Pepper Cellar

Working dog carries three pails

Delight your dinner guests with the Bunny Williams Dog Salt & Pepper Cellar ($79.00). Brass and aluminum in a nickel finish, this working dog carries three pails: one for salt, one for pepper, and one for dry mustard (as was tradition in England). It even comes with two tiny spoons for serving. If you’re looking for ideas, it also makes a great addition to a wedding gift registry.

2. Piper Woven Rattan Coasters

Rattan coasters handcrafted decor

Texture is your best friend when putting together a table setting. Add a natural element to your decor with these handcrafted Piper Woven Rattan Coasters ($39.00). Available in antique walnut, black, and washed taupe, each set of four comes with a coordinating holder so they’ll look good left out on the bar. 

3. Bunny Williams Pineapple Ice Bucket

Pineapple shape ice bucket

As entrepreneur Kat Gaskin’s viral quote goes, “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” This Bunny Williams Pineapple Ice Bucket ($199.00) brings that fun spirit to any party. Handmade of cast aluminum in an antique brass finish, its liner lifts out for easy cleaning. Matching metal tongs included!

4. Tortoise Shell Ice Bucket

Tortoise shell ice bucket

If you couldn’t tell, we love tableware that looks beautiful even when it’s not in use. That’s how we feel about this Tortoise Shell Ice Bucket ($69.00), which can chill wine, hold flowers, or just sit pretty on your table. Handmade of glass, it coordinates with Ballard’s Tortoise Serving Bowls.

5. Tortoise Serving Bowls

Tortoise serving bowls

Complete your set with these chic Tortoise Serving Bowls ($59.00). They make great decorative accents for the console or bookshelf, but they’re also food-safe for serving snacks. And when you’re ready to put this pair away, you can nest them for easy storage.

6. Magnolia Napkin Rings

Magnolia flower napkin rings

These Magnolia Flower Napkin Rings ($89.00) belong in a magical garden gathering. Matte white porcelain is handcrafted into the delicate petals and leaves of the magnolia flower. Plus, their half open design keeps the flowers sitting up and perfectly in place, so the hostess can focus on greeting her esteemed guests.

7. Personalized Bread Board

Bread board personalized

A personalized gift is classic, meaningful, and always exciting to receive. This Personalized Bread Board ($85.00), available in Maple and Walnut, comes with the option of a free monogram inscribed in the wood. Put the initials of your recipients to celebrate their engagement or housewarming. They’ll love using it to serve fine cheeses and hors d’oeuvres at many parties to come.

8. Havana Textured Goblets

clear cut glass

Get these Havana Textured Goblets ($79.00) for the host who loves vintage glassware. Handmade from clear cut glass, they add character to the table while mixing seamlessly with eclectic decor styles. Watch how their raised facets catch the light as you dine and enjoy sparkling conversation.

9. Three Layer Cake Dome

Three layer cake dome

The baker in your life will love you forever if you get them this Three Layer Cake Dome ($99.00). Part of Ballard’s line of Southern style serving accessories, it’s designed to fit a three layer cake without smushing the top. Use it to serve up homemade specialties, or use it as a stylish cloche.

10. Avalon Double Walled Hors d’Oeuvres Tray

stainless steel tray

How floored would your host be if you showed up with an Avalon Double Walled Hors d’Oeuvres Tray ($89.00) full of snacks? Be their favorite guest with this (literally) cool gift. Double walls of stainless steel keep food chilled without sweating. Simply stow ice in the base, which doubles as a bowl for serving or display.

11. Gia White Wine Decanter

Gia white wine decanter

Impress your friend who’s a self-styled sommelier. This Gia White Wine Decanter ($195.00) holds 0.75 liters and has a precision-cut mouth for easy pouring. Plus it’s made with lead-free crystal that’s durable but lightweight. Pour a glass together and toast your impeccable gifting skills.

12. Classic Barware Glasses

Classic Barware glasses

This gift will come in handy for telling stories around the fire pit! These Classic Barware Glasses ($99.00) get their clean lines and durable design from renowned German glassmaker Schott Zwiesel. Available in both old fashioned and highball styles, each option comes in a set of six. And you can even add a monogram (selected from nine styles) for $6.50. 

13. Hudson Marble Serving Boards

Gorgeous marble serving board

These Hudson Marble Serving Boards ($79.00) are perfect for your friend who loves minimalism. Made from weighted white marble, they sport gorgeous details like a slightly radial, geometric handle. The simplicity of their design lends a divine elegance to whatever scene you set. Available in round and square.

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