The Feast: A Dinner Party Collection by Kristen McGinnis for DM/BX.

12 Festive Food and Entertaining Gifts for the Consummate Host

Kick the holiday season into high gear with these decadent treats, from an indulgent caviar collection to an eye-catching array of tableware

The holiday season brings festive get-togethers with family and friends, who reconnect over decadent feasts and sparkling glasses of Champagne. Treat your favorite host to a thoughtful gift that will enhance their tablescape or add a unique flavor to their next delicious fête, and rest assured, being on their “nice” list will reap its own mouthwatering rewards all the way through the New Year!

Lismore Black brandy glasses, available in sets of two, from Waterford. Photo: Courtesy of Waterford

1. Waterford

Shake up someone’s crystal collection with these bold brandy glasses from Waterford’s Lismore Black collection. The original Lismore designs from 1952 were inspired by Ireland’s Lismore Castle; this new iteration takes a dramatic turn in the opaque ebony colorway.

Jubilant collection from Caviar Russe. Photo: Courtesy of Caviar Russe

2. Caviar Russe

A seven-time Michelin star winner, Caviar Russe is helping epicureans get a taste of its decadent serving options from their own dinner table. Choose from a selection of decadent packages, like the Indulgent collection, which combines foie gras, smoked salmon, crème fraiche, and fresh malossal caviar. Hard to resist is the ultra-luxe Jubilant collection that offers not only malossal caviar, crème fraiche, and silver-dollar pancake blinis, but also a Christofle silver-plated caviar server. Each of the packages are available in three sizes, the largest of which is an assortment that serves nine to 12.

Jeremy Anderson Piccolo vessels and plates, Michiko Sakano Studio glassware, Yolande Milan Batteau napkin rings, and Farrell Hundley candlesticks. Photo: Courtesy of DM/BX

3. The Feast: A Dinner Party Collection

One of the first collaborations commissioned for DM/BX, the retail platform of Design Miami/, this limited-edition tableware collection curated by interior designer Kristen McGinnis includes 11 different pieces from five gifted talents. Among the array are ceramist Jeremy Anderson’s bowls and plates, inspired by his graphic Piccolo vessels, hand-painted tablecloths by Yolande Milan Batteau, bronze candlesticks from Los Angeles artisans Elliott Hundley and William Farrell’s joint venture Farrell Hundley, Michiko Sakano Studio glassware, and napkins from textile artist Hiroko Takeda.

Baileys Swirl Holiday Hot Chocolate Kit from Dominique Ansel Bakery. Photo: Courtesy of Dominique Ansel Bakery

4. Dominique Ansel Bakery

Know someone with a sweet tooth? This tantalizing kit from famed New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel combines homemade chocolate ganache, non-alcoholic Baileys ganache, mugs, and a whisk for creating a scintillatingly rich hot chocolate treat for two.

La Double J Cubi collection, available at 1stDibs. Photo: Courtesy of 1stDibs

5. La Double J x 1stDibs

Poppy Milanese fashion and houseware brand La Double J has partnered with 1stDibs for a vibrant collection of tableware, furniture, and other soft goods. Running throughout is the vintage geometric print Cubi, which is interpreted in tangerine and lilac, cobalt blue, fiery red and pink, rich pine green, terra cotta, and emerald, then transposed onto plates and cups, trays, towels, and textiles.

T4 Cake Stand by Grace Souky from the Glass House. Photo: Courtesy of The Glass House

6. The Glass House

Late architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House—his home for 58 years—offers a treasure trove of original gifts, including this sophisticated cake stand by London designer Grace Souky. Made with a solid walnut tray and brushed-brass base, the stylish piece comes with a matching cake server. As a bonus, every purchase helps support the Connecticut landmark, now a National Trust Historic Site.

Matouk. Schumacher Citrus Garden table linens. Photo: Courtesy of Matouk

7. Matouk

Put your favorite host in a spring state of mind with Matouk’s Schumacher Citrus Garden table linens. This zesty pattern—rendered on a tablecloth, placemats, and napkins—conjures an alfresco meal on the Amalfi coast through a contemporary interpretation of a hand-drawn Josef Frank print.

Iceberg Ghost glasses by Max ID NY from Moda Operandi. Photo: Courtesy of Max ID NY

8. Max ID NY

Maximilian Eicke of Max ID NY has joined forces with luxury purveyor Moda Operandi to offer a wintery iteration of his sculptural Ghost tumblers. Already available in a peacock blue, radiant green, golden amber, spritely pink, and classic clear, this latest faceted design of hand-blown glass has an iceberg-like color that will turn any holiday cocktail into a cool work of art.

Banana bark tray, Indian linen napkin in rose, and Kenyan olive wood bowl from Noma Collective. Photo: Charlotte Lea

9. Noma Collective

Hosts who love luxury but are also eco-conscious will swoon over the stylish selections from California-based Noma Collective. Working with women’s cooperatives and individual artisans around the world, they source unique handcrafted pieces, such as Kenyan olive-wood bowls enhanced with bone inlay, beautiful linen napkins hand made in India, and remarkably woven trays produced in Uganda with local raffia and banana fibers.

Photo: Ben Kist

10. March

Made exclusively for March by master Murano glassblower Davide Fuin, these burgundy-colored glass candlesticks give a romantic twist to a traditional holiday color palette, while the sculptural stack of shapes turns a simple taper into a towering work of art. Available in small and tall sizes, the pieces are also offered in vibrant red, lavender, and blush hues.

Paper Fan napkin rings by Janie Kruse Garnett, available from LES Collection. Photo: Courtesy of LES Collection

11. LES Collection

A destination for one-of-kind artisan-made goods, LES Collection’s roster includes the substantive metal designs of Janie Kruse Garnett, whose striking Paper Fan napkin rings are inspired by arts-and-crafts projects of her youth. Constructed from raw bronze with handset diamonds, these timeless designs are made using the lost-wax casting method, then hand-polished with a strié finish. Available in a set of four.

12. Buccellati

Originally conceived in the 1960s by Gianmaria Buccellati for an Italian industrialist’s yacht, Buccellati’s Tahiti collection of sterling silver and bamboo flatware also includes ice buckets, trays, and other bar accoutrements. Also part of the array is this graceful carafe that will elevate any holiday table.

Cover: The Feast: A Dinner Party Collection by Kristen McGinnis for DM/BX.


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