If there's anything you can count on getting an abundance of (whether or not you actually put them on your wedding registry) are serving bowls and platters. It seems like the default wedding gift when a guest wants to go rogue (a.k.a. off-registry) but still get something they'll know you'll use.
Give those guests more on-registry options and add some extra serving pieces to your list, just in case! You'll thank us later — a serving bowl is a serving bowl, but a beautiful one that you picked out yourself versus one that your great aunt Glenda unearthed from who-knows-where and bequeathed you out of uncertainty is bound to be a bigger hit.
Here are some of our favorites, perfect for any kind of party you want to throw as a newly — and later — old married couple!
One of our favorite finds on Food52 (but let's face it, we want everything they sell) these enamel and metallic bowls are festive enough for a holiday party (eggnog anyone?) or artfully arranged with beautiful fruit (oranges! Pomegranates! Magnolia leaves!) for a simple but stunning centerpiece. ("Louise" enamel bowls, $50-95, Hawkins New York available at Food52)
Speaking of entertaining, these platters from CB2 combine all of our favorite tabletop trends du jour (marble and brass living together in perfect modern harmony) and multi-task your entertaining, hardcore. Want some ideas? These beauties work for cheese and crackers, desserts (think mini cakes or draped grapes) even foodless — just put a ton of votives in different sizes on them and use in lieu of traditional candlesticks! ("Essex" servers, $49.95-$59.95, CB2)
Can you even HANDLE how gorgeous these bowls are? We can't. They're luminous. Organically shaped. Impossibly delicate. Pink and gray! Who cares if you never serve soup or salad in these bad boys? They're so pretty you should just register for them and put them in some open shelving so you can salivate every time you catch a glimpse. (Nude ombre bowl, $130, Rina Menardi available at ABC Home)
These platters from Anna New York are so versatile, we can't even begin to list all the ways you could use them. For instance, if you get them pre-wedding, they look GORGEOUS as cake platters. You can make yourself feel super-fancy by using them as chargers even if it's just you and your partner eating dinner on a Tuesday, and of course, the tried and true fruit/cheese/cracker platter for entertaining never hurts. And the best part is there are so many color choices! Get one or get 10, and each one will be distinct even if you get them all in the same color since they're each individually handmade! ("Kiva" large platters, $485, Anna New York)
Graphic and almost Rorschachian (in a pretty, floral way of course) this platter is almost too pretty to be covered up by food. We want to just hang it on our gallery walls and call it a day. But if you MUST, this beaut is perfect for a spring cocktail party as a drinks tray (so you can show off that pretty pattern!) or piled high with sweets. ("Scandinavian Floral" oval platter, $87.50, Twig New York)
Perfect for all seasons, this white on white serving bowl will be a staple in your entertaining rotation because it will work with any color scheme on your tablescape. Plus, it has another one of our current favorite tabletop trends — a creamy matte finish! Trés chic. (Large white bowl, $180, Jessica Wertz Ceramics)