Nothing beats a chip-and-dip set for serving guacamole or salsa; when you want to dress up the table, set a pillar candle in the dipping well and heap the rim with hydrangeas.
Metal alloy “Contour” chip-and-dip, $89.99; Wilton Armetale, wiltonarmetale.com. Blue “Glimmer” pillar candle, $7.95; Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com. Hand-painted porcelain “Blue Fluted Mega” rim soup bowls, $110 each, and dinner plates, $110 each; Royal Copenhagen, royalcopenhagen.com. “Montana” water goblets, $79 for six, and wine goblets, $79 for six; Pottery Barn, potternybarn.com.