Setting the perfect spring holiday table
Simply adding a few small items can transform a dinner table into a festive holiday spread. --DANIELLE BRAFF. Special to Newsday
Use these as serving dishes or just throw them in the center of the table for a centerpiece. They're made from crushed mother of pearl and aluminum, and are food safe. The Julia Knight Metalware is $35-$195 at Hildreth's Home Goods, with two locations on Long Island: 51-55 Main St., Southampton, 631-283-2300, and 109 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-329-8800.
Grab a glass vase or a wire nest and throw a bunch of these decorative eggs inside. They cost less than most flowers, so you'll save money on this reusable Easter centerpiece. The Decorative Speckled Egg Vase Filler is $14.50 for a set of eight in the natural color or $14.50 for a set of 12 in blue at Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.
It's rare to see a modern matzo plate, so this one will stand out on any table. It's fun, it's unique, and since it's handcrafted in the United States by Sara Beames -- a glass artist -- it transforms a Passover table into a work of art. The Beames Matzah Plate is $90 at Zion Lion, 1616 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park, 516-437-5466 and 444 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, 631-549-5155.
Adding fun gold cutlery makes this meal extra special. Bonus: Since it's not tied to a specific holiday, you can bring these out again for another fancy dinner. The gold flatware is $29 for a set of five at West Elm, westelm.com.
These handmade vases are a centerpiece on their own. Add some flowers, and you have a stunning table. They're new works, but look timeless and classic on any table. The Raku Thin Cylindrical Vases are $180-$225 per vase at Urban Zen, 4 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-6176.
Let your deviled eggs take center stage on Easter and throughout the year. This platter holds 18 eggs in a floral design, giving the deviled eggs a special presentation. $20 at Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.
Children and adults will be enamored with this story-telling MacKenzie-Childs Aurora Enamel Pitcher. Look closely to find hidden treasures, from the teapots hiding in the trees to the goose waddling through the garden. The colors will blend beautifully with an Easter table, and the pitcher is large enough that the host won't have to constantly refill it. $72 at London Jewelers, 180 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, 516-621-8844; 2 Main St., East Hampton, 631-329-3939.
The Beehive Cake stand will hit your table's sweet spot -- maybe for a honey cake? It's got a ceramic base and a beehive-shaped dome with a knob handle. $39 at West Elm, westelm.com.
These Blue and White Porcelain Rabbits are cute yet sophisticated. Get a few sets and put them all over the table, or just use two in the center as a centerpiece. $69 at Overstock.com.
If you're going to change your dinnerware for Passover, the Martha Stewart Lisbon Blue Collection might be the way to go. The colors compliment Israel's colors, and the collection is inexpensive enough that it's not too big of a deal to pack it all up again when Passover's done. $52 for a four-piece place setting at Macy's.
The Blue Room Judaica Matzo Plate is based on a special collection of the blue and white color theme celebrating heritage and ancient traditions. $44 at Bloomingdales.
The handcrafted Victor Seder Plate is by Israeli artist Yael Vons Yarzin of Studio Vons, who draws her inspiration from her childhood memories. Here, she uses retro-style lettering and images combined with a 1950s-style turquoise color. $325 at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., New York, 212-423-3333 or shop.thejewishmuseum.org.