As much as I love a minimalist dining room setup, all beige-everything can feel a little bland, especially when we’re in peak summer party season. Sometimes you need a weird object to mix things up which is where I found myself, late one night researching butt vases and neon leg candles on Etsy for hours on end. If, like me, you’ve spent too much time on the #aesthetic hashtag and now you’re in the mood to set your own quirky vibe, I’ve got you covered. After diving into all of the strange and colorful (yet useful!) tems that you could possibly want for your dining room decor, these are my favorites. Scroll ahead to check them out.
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A Fruity Tray
This Pop Art-inspired tray is trippy, surreal, and is basically asking to be used for some sort of summer berry-based dish. Added bonus: it’s currently 40% off.
Kitschy Glasses For Drinks By The Pool
Sure, it’s too on the nose but that’s the point. Go all-in and make a frozen drink while you’re at it.
A Maximalist Gucci-Ish Tray
Gucci loves a jewel toned tray that features some sort of painted animal (usually a bee or tiger) but those tend to cost 5-6x more than this version by Les Ottomans. Use it on your couch to prevent drink spills.
The Only Bowls Worthy Of Summer Watermelon
No really, what else would you eat in these? (Lots of things we’re sure but make some of it watermelon for our sake, please.)
A proper dinner party doesn’t need to have super serious, minimal placemats. These neon bright ones are made with resin, so they’re easy to clean and they even have abstract renderings, so you know how to set each seat.
Quirky Succulent Tumblers
It’s ironic to find a plant that thrives in dry environments at the bottom of your glass, which is exactly why I love it.
Or If You Prefer, Aquatic Ones
Although, maybe it’s weirder to have a fish staring at you while you drink seltzer?
A Better Way To Show Off Your Sourdough
Cabana Magazine is a biannual magazine devoted to Italian design and their home line is the type of stuff you’d find at a very well-appointed AirBnB in Portofino. Case in point: this bright orange woven basket that’s meant for bread or crackers during aperitivo hour.
A Very Luxurious Oil & Vinegar Set
Decant your favorite olive oil and vinegar into these vintage-looking glass bottles for a better looking salad setup.
A Glittery Sponge
No one likes doing dishes but a sparkly sponge makes the process a touch more entertaining.
A Surreal Snack Spoon
You could say these spoons come handy for serving guests. Sorry, the joke was too easy.
A Chaotic Looking Cocktail Carafe (Or Vase)
With its abstract designed face, this vase can pull double duty as an eye-catching pitcher for big batch cocktails.
Everyone’s Favorite Lumpy Candle
Everyone’s Favorite Lumpy Candle
Slumped over with an already melted shape, it’s a fun way to set the mood at your table. And if you’re afraid to use it, don’t be: it’s meant to get even stranger looking as it burns.
A Naked Vase
You might have seen the original Anissa Kermiche vases floating around your Instagram feeds and if you’re into that look (but not the price tag), here’s a very similar version.
A Celebratory Cake Stand
If you’re going to bake a cake (or just order one), it deserves a proper stand. Or, should you rather forgo dessert, these also can be a creative spin on a charcuterie board.
A Plate With A Face
drops](https://www.theinfatuation.com/products/features/best-ceramics-you-can-buy-now) and while you’ll need to set an alarm for most of the hard to get one. That said, this collab between restaurateur and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi and Belgian brand Serax is still available. With an abstract face straight out of a MoMA gallery, it’s a kooky counterpoint to your more classic plates.
Tie-Dyed Snack Bowls
These tiny silicone bowls are great for olives, nuts, and other little bits on your charcuterie spread.
Moody Picnic Plates
Too many bright colors for you? If your idea of fun is something darker and goth, these melamine plates are a vibe.
A Chicken, Just Because
Technically it’s for sauces or sugar but honestly, a chicken on a table can and should hide anything you want.
While these might not be the kind of knives a chef uses, they’re also not meant to be taken that seriously. Give it to a friend who’s a casual cook at best or whip these out when you’re less concerned about deboning a chicken and more interested in slicing up a fruit spread.
Because kitschy food storage should always be a thing.
A Happy Serving Bowl
Elnaz Nourizadeh is a ceramicist who makes hand painted pieces like this bright serving tray. Born in Iran, and now based in Australia, her work is always colorful and made to be shown off.
A Literal Pitcher of Sunshine
Technically it’s covered in rainbows but same idea. Make lemonade or a Paloma in one for your next summer party.