We'll admit it—sometimes styling out a pretty table is as fun as eating the delicious food you've prepared. This is especially true in the age of social media; we love to share our tabletop setups and culinary creations with friends, family and all our other followers. And while we all agree that pretty tableware is important for life in general (it's all about bringing joy and a creative touch to everyday life!), it's great to stock up on some extra-photogenic pieces to accent your feed.
Sometimes the smallest details make a huge difference. Overhead shots tend to be more successful, as are photos taken in natural light. It's also good to have a range of interesting textures in both the backgrounds and the serving pieces, from rustic wood boards to marble slabs and delicate ceramic platters. Soft linens add movement and color, and metallic accents brighten up a muted palette. It's all about a laid-back, but elevated, farm-to-table look with lots of natural materials and simple shapes to let the food itself shine.
Another essential prop for killer Insta food shots are oven-to-table cookware pieces. We're talking a cast iron frying pan that's perfect for cornbread or a frittata, a heavy duty dutch oven for crispy roast chicken, or colorful enamel bakeware for bubbly fruit crisps and savory casseroles. These beautiful heritage pieces come in so many colors, shapes and sizes and will totally complete your table. They can sometimes be a bit of an investment, but it's worth it (and they'll last forever!).
Here are 12 totally Instagrammable tabletop pieces to take your food posts to the next level.
Le Creuset Braiser
This low, covered dish is perfect for everything from baked eggs for brunch or roasted meats and veggies for dinner (and it comes in a seemingly infinite range of sizes and hues).
SHOP NOW: Le Crueset, from $200
Treasure and Bond Acacia Wood Serving Board
A rustic wood board is a must-have for creating an artful display of appetizers, cheeses and charcuterie.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $49
Cuitipol Goa Salad Servers
Crafted in Portugal out of gold-plated stainless steel and resin, these elegant servers will dress up your salads and side dishes.
SHOP NOW: Horne, $95
Staub Round Cocotte
A cast iron pot is not only a culinary essential for creating perfectly roasted meats and flavorful stews, but it also looks super chic as a serving piece on the table. We also love the single-serving version for individual portions of eggs or baked desserts
SHOP NOW: Food 52, From $324
Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Trays
These petite trays are inspired by delicate vintage paper and textiles, but are made of break-proof melamine.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $55 for set of three
Metallic Flatware Set
A pop of metallic shine will do wonders to an otherwise neutral tabletop setting.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $69 for 12 pieces
Dansk Kobenstyle Collection
This retro Danish-style group of bakers and saucepans are perfect for serving up a range of photo-ready dishes (and the classic "x" lid acts as a trivet!).
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $50-$140
Lodge Chef Collection Skillet
This updated version of the classic cast-iron pan is perfect for everything from brunch to dessert (and the pan will literally last a lifetime if cared for properly!).
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $29.95-39.95
Sarah Chihat Porcelain Gold Rimmed Dinnerware
The color-rich hues, organic shapes, and minimal gold edge make this pretty handmade collection perfect fodder for the 'gram.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $62-$216
Hawkins New York Stonewashed Linen Napkins
These super soft (and effortlessly rumpled) napkins are perfection.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $72 for 4
It's good to stock up on a range of modern bowls for showcasing fresh fruit salad, handmade granola, and other sweet treats.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $14
Marble Pastry Board
This board is great for rolling out delicate pie dough in the kitchen (and then bring it to the table later to showcase dishes during a photo sesh).
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $69.95