A great meal—for 2 or 12—starts with the setting. When registering, load up on personality-packed items that will set the stage for festive dinner parties and lively conversations for years to come

Tones of violet, amethyst, and lavender lend a decidedly regal sense to any setting. Touches of gold add formality fit for a queen—or your in-laws.

"Le Grand Divertissement" sauceboat, $540, Versace for Rosenthal; Dark lilac "Alvar Aalto" collection 120-millimeter vase, $140, Iittala, available at Finnish Gifts; "Chiara" candlestick, $450, Galant at Bergdorf Goodman, 212-872-2844; Letterpress menu card with gold edges, $515 for 100, Bell'Invito Stationers; Lilac salad-serving set, $34, Sabre, available at Leif; "Le Grand Divertissement" dinner plate, $125, open vegetable bowl, $340, and candlestick, $445, Versace for Rosenthal; Lavender "Alana Prestige" 14-inch vase, $1,100, Waterford; Amethyst "Barbara" carafe, $79, Design House Stockholm; Amethyst "Jocasta" margarita glass, $103, William Yeoward Crystal; Purple multi "Paper" bowl, $258, Cuiora, available at Barneys; "Empire" letterpress invitation, from $1,800 for 100 (includes invitation cards, response sets, and outer envelopes), RegasNY; "Sultane" teacup and saucer, $260, and teapot, $675, Robert Haviland & C. Parlon distributed by Mottahedeh & Co.; "Alessandra" five-piece place setting, $100, Oneida, available at Macy's

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