Five Places to Score Tableware Before the Holidays
Host the ultimate dinner party with help from these local shops.
Giardini di Sole
Add a taste of Italian craftsmanship to your table this holiday season with handmade ceramics and glassware by artisans in small villages from Tuscany to Puglia. Guaranteed to bring festive flair to any spread, artful serving bowls, painted espresso sets, customizable flatware sets, and colorful hand-blown glass tumblers line the shelves of this SoWa shop.
460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-362-7253, giardinidisole.com.
Silver-plated dessert forks, crystal wine glasses, and gilded porcelain chargers are just some of the ultra-luxe pieces that await at Christofle. Founded in 1830, this French brand sells fine flatware and serveware with undeniable elegance, handmade by master silversmiths and craftspeople using traditional techniques that have been passed down through the centuries.
296 Boylston St., Boston, 617-542-2080, christofle.com.
Outfit your entertaining space from top to bottom with dinnerware, flatware, serveware, tabletop accessories, and linens from beloved brands such as Vermont-based Farmhouse Pottery and the two-centuries-old French porcelain company Pillivuyt. Whether you’re looking for everyday goodies or heirloom pieces, Didriks promises sublime quality and variety.
77 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-354-5700; 2284 Washington St., Newton, 617-467-4847; didriks.com.
Greentail Table is a treasure trove of distinctive, high-quality finds for entertaining aficionados. Dress up your dinner table with whimsical patterned bread plates, rustic wooden cheeseboards, elegant glass pitchers, and other chic items, many of which are handcrafted from sustainable materials. Bonus: Just in time for the holidays, you’ll also find festive dishes, mugs, centerpieces, and more.
343 Watertown St., Newton, 617-244-3510, greentailtable.com.
Simon Pearce’s simple and contemporary hand-blown glassware truly dazzles. Find an extensive selection of barware, serveware, and tableware, plus seasonally-appropriate goods (see: a textured glass bowl inspired by Vermont’s birch trees), wood serving pieces by Andrew Pearce (Simon Pearce’s son) and sleeker, stainless steel vessels from Georg Jensen.
103 Newbury St., Boston, 617-450-8388; 33 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-862-2352; simonpearce.com.