The SERVEWARE & DECORATIONS page provides ideas on where to find interesting and hard to find items that dress up your serving table and make entertaining more fun, whether for elegant or casual occasions.  Contents change with the seasons.


Cool Ways To Serve Food & Drinks


Black or Red Individual Tasting Spoons (Asian Soup Spoons)


Find these black spoons and others at World Market Stores or online at Black Spoons.

Find red spoons and spoons in other colors online at Mrs. Lin’s Kitchen. 

Seasonal Plates, Bowls & Drinkware

Pier 1

Serving platters:


Dip server & serving bowl:


Salad plate, dip bowl:

Pier 1 has a wide variety of serving dishes, including rectangular, square, round and specialty platters and bowls.  The sea horse is actually a salad plate that can also be used for olives or crudités as well, and the bowl next to it is a dip bowl.  Find these and other serving dishes at Pier One stores or online at P1 SERVING

Place theme individual wine glasses:


Floral theme individual wine glasses:


See these beautiful wine glasses and more at Pier One stores or online a WINE GLASSES.



Appetizer/dessert plate sets:

Find variety and style in dinnerware and appetizer/dessert plate sets at Pier One stores or online at P1 DINNERWARE

Melamine has come a long way from its early days.

Melamine serving dishes:

Melamine dinnerware:

Melamine salad plates:

These beautiful serving dishes, dinnerware sets and salad plates are available at Pier One stores or online at P1 MELAMINE


Crate & Barrel

Appetizer/dessert plate sets:

Crate & Barrel has interesting and colorful appetizer/dessert plates as well as sets of white or clear glass.  Find these and other appetizer and dessert plates at Crate & Barrel stores or online at APPETIZER.


The set of Bity Bite Short Glasses at Crate & Barrel and white spoons are perfect for tasting or appetizer servings of soup, salads or desserts. They also have chalk picks big enough for chunks of cheese, and slate cheese boards in various sizes.  Find these and other serveware at Crate & Barrel stores or online at CB SERVEWARE.


Crate & Barrel makes discovering new beers and whiskies more fun with these tasting glasses. 

If you’re looking for a good selection of sophisticated cocktail glasses, Crate & Barrel has an excellent selection


Crate & Barrel also has one of the widest selections of sophisticated wine glasses this season. 

Look for these glasses and more at Crate & Barrel stores and online at CB DRINK.

World Market

World Market offers a wide variety of items to make your entertaining more fun, especially for tasting parties, including craft beer shot glasses, tasting spoons and chalkboard picks.  Find these and more at World Market stores or online at the  individual links:  CRAFT BEER, CHALKBOARD PICKS, SPOONS.

World Market’s dinnerware sets are beautiful and unlike those you’re likely to find other places.  Fiji, Italian Sea Life, Geo Safari Animal and Nomad dinnerware are shown here.  See these and more at World Market stores or online at WM DINNERWARE.

Christmas Tree Shops, &That Stores

Christmas Tree Shops operates over 70 locations, including a few named “& That.”  The stores are mostly in the northeast or southeast, but their website, christmastreeshops.com, makes their offerings available to everyone.  They have a broad selection of home décor and entertaining items, at amazingly low prices.  They’re definitely worth a visit, however you do it.

Dress up your serving table with a glittery gold cake plate (available in 3 sizes) or glass serving dishes in sparkling blue tones.  Carry out the sea theme with star and shell shaped blue ceramic serving blows or the new melamine Sea Life serveware collection.  Find these and other serveware at Christmas Tree Shops or & That stores, or online at SERVEWARE.

Although the dinnerware is shown in sets, pieces may be purchased individually to suite your particular needs.  They offer a wide choice of ceramic and melamine dinnerware.  See these and more in Christmas Tree Shops and &That stores, or online at DINNERWARE.


Theme Party Decorations & Supplies


Planning Ideas for Adults



All Elements of Party Planning

Party City

Party City stores have a huge selection of decorations, paper and plastic serving dishes in basic colors and for most any celebration occasion.  There are stores in most states, and they sell all their products online; in addition have party ideas and a few recipes with pictures online.  This makes it a good place to start.

Find these and other party serving needs at Party City Stores and online at PARTY CITY.

If you’re thinking of a tasting party, but don’t want to make the investment for all the various types of dishes you might need, Party City has an extensive selection of disposable tasting party dishes. 

They also offer very affordable labeling packages to showcase the items on your serving table.  Fine them all in Party City stores or online at DISPOSABLE TASTING.

Find these and more appetizer picks at Party City stores or online at PC PICKS.

Find Birthday party and serving ideas for other theme parties at Party City stores or online at PC BIRTHDAY

Seasonal Decorations and Supplies



Partyswizzle.com’s reason for being is to provide theme party decorations and planning ideas for ADULTS.  They sell only online. Their selection may not be as deep as Party City, but it offers more diversity in what they sell for each theme.  And they offer a good bit of planning support too.

Find these and other unusual birthday candles at BD CANDLES.

Find these and other spreaders at SPREADERS.

Find these and other cheese and appetizer picks at PICKS.

Candyland Crafts

Candyland Crafts in Somerville, NJ has an impressive number of specialty candles, cake/appetizer picks and cupcake wrappers that aren’t only for birthdays and holidays.  Fortunately for those who don’t live nearby, they also have a website.  These candles are great for theme parties or to celebrate personal interests at birthday, vacation or retirement parties.

There are 4 candle sets.  Find these and others at 4 CANDLE SETS.

There are 6 candle sets.  Find these sports themed candles and other themed candles at 6 CANDLESETS.


Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company has an amazing array of party supplies.  They started out using catalogs to sell to teachers, expanded to corporate sales and now sell to everyone online. 

Some of their more unusual party picks are shown here.  Find these and more at ORIENTAL PICKS.