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

Neutral need not be boring. Get edgy with modern lines in a black-and-white palette; add pizzazz with silver accents.

"Blow Up" citrus basket, $195, Alessi; Letterpress invitation, $2,600 for 100 (includes invitations with wallpaper backing and letterpress and lined envelopes), Mr. Boddington's Studio; "Charonia Tritonis" silver shell, $595, Italo Gori at Bergdorf Goodman, 212-872-2844; "Masterpiece HK" pitcher, $525, Georg Jensen; White matte "Vases of Phases" 10.25-inch vase, $165, Rosenthal; "Amadeo" decanter, $495, and "Sommeliers Black Tie" Montrachet chardonnay wineglass, $95, and burgundy grand cru wineglass, $139, Riedel; Graphite "Colorwave" two-quart covered casserole, $80, Noritake; "Silk Black" five-piece place setting, $160, Nikko; Black-stripe "Celeste" candlestick, $300, Orrefors; "Pure Black" large chef's knife, $129, Stelton; Wood cutting board, $75, ABC Home; Black mouse figurines, $115 each, Lalique, 212-355-6550; White and black "Double" candleholders, $80 for a pair (shown mixed), Menu + Mikaela Dorfel, available at A+R

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