Having a fete? Don’t just plunk down any old place settings. Often-overlooked cutlery can be as scene-stealing as the rest of the tabletop pieces. Here’s proof: from flamboyant to farmhouse style, these flatware sets bring gorgeous detail and functional flair to the party.
Gilding the Holly
This weighty stainless steel set features a warm brushed finish that will add glitz to your party table. Clean lines and square corners are oh so today! Fortessa Arezzo Brushed Gold Flatware Set, Williams-Sonoma, $116 to $418.
Texturally terrific, there’s no way these two-tone stunners are playing second fiddle to the dishware. Each handle’s blackened finish is achieved by hand, using an oxidation technique. Cupola Flatware Place Setting, Williams-Sonoma, $120.
A Fine Shine
It’s so shiny you can powder your nose in the reflection. But seriously, we are crushing on this East-meets-West rounded square design reminiscent of chopsticks. Luna Brushed Gold Flatware, Pottery Barn, $39 to $184.
So nice you can shadow-box them and hang them on a wall: thin and thrilling, this flatware is a winner. 20-Piece Pin Tumbled Gold Flatware Set, CB2, $149.
Drop a two-tone set and guests will be fondling the goods. Pinstripe handles bring a fanciful flourish to the dinner table. 20-Piece Earl Brushed Gold and Resin Flatware Set, CB2, $159.
Originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1957, this Arne Jacobsen cutlery set feels as contemporary today as they did when they first debuted. Arne Jacobsen Cutlery Set, Finnish Design Shop, $355.
Amidst pinecones and logs, this foraged-flatware set fits right in – a beautiful complement to a rustic holiday spread. Antique Copper Twig Flatware Set, Amazon, $323.
Imported from Italy, designer Alessandro Zambelli has crafted a conversation starter of a set that is both whimsical and sophisticated. Seletti Keytlery 6-Place Cutlery Set, 18/0 Stainless Steel Electroplated, Amazon, $304.
This darling nostalgic set isn’t a set at all. The pieces are made up of pretty antique and vintage silverware from 1800 to 1940 that were regrouped into delightfully mismatched sets. Rediscovered Flatware, Anthropologie, $36.
A Rosy Approach
Gussy up the table with this flatware: the matte metallic finish is a stylish standout you can’t keep your eyes off of. Rose gold makes everything rosy! HamLake 20-Piece Flatware Set, Wayfair, $97.
Eat (With) the Rainbow
Iridescent rainbow flatware brings an amusing mood to the table. Colourful cutlery like this deserves to be paired with equally fun holiday fare! Berglander 20-Piece Titanium Rainbow Color Plated Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Amazon, $43.