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July 21, 2021
23 Bright, Cheerful, And Weird Dining Decor Finds
Because you can’t have serious ceramics all the time.
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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.

Get Marimekko Mansikkavuoret Serving Tray ($54, was $90)→

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.

Get Sunnylife Poolside Set of 2 Palm Tree Tumblers ($18)→

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.

Get Les Ottomans Fauna hand-painted iron tray ($80)→

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.)

Get Bordallo Pinheiro Set of four watermelon earthenware bowls ($85)→

Psychedelic Placemats

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.

Get Gaetano PesceTransparent Placemat ($65)→

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.

Get Ichendorf Milano Desert Plants Tumbler ($20)→

Or If You Prefer, Aquatic Ones

Although, maybe it’s weirder to have a fish staring at you while you drink seltzer?

Get Ichendorf Milano Animal Farm Tumbler ($20)→

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.

Get Cabana Magazine Woven-raffia small bread basket ($21)→

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.

Get Cabana Magazine Galeano glass oil and vinegar bottle set ($205)→

A Glittery Sponge

No one likes doing dishes but a sparkly sponge makes the process a touch more entertaining.

Get Sponge.NYC Kitchen Sponge ($10)→

A Surreal Snack Spoon

You could say these spoons come handy for serving guests. Sorry, the joke was too easy.

Get DADA “Baby Let Me Hold Your Snacks” Spoon ($38)→

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.

Get Degen Face Carafe Vessel ($50)→

Everyone’s Favorite Lumpy Candle

Everyone’s Favorite Lumpy Candle

https://www.amazon.com/Areaware-Goober-Candle/dp/B07GYR2DV3

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.

Get Areaware Goober Candle ($10)→

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.

Get Lucakuins Abstract Human Body Ceramic Vase ($25)→

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.

Get KLASKWARE Blue 11” Melamine Cake Display Stand ($30)→

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.

Get Serax x Yotam Ottolenghi Feast Face Plates (from $70)→

Tie-Dyed Snack Bowls

These tiny silicone bowls are great for olives, nuts, and other little bits on your charcuterie spread.

Get Patelai Mini Silicone Bowls Multicolored Pinch Bowls ($10)→

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.

Get Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Plates ($68)→

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.

Get Mosser Glass Jadeite Glass Hen ($38)→

Floral Knives

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.

Get Appoline Knives, Set of 3 ($34)→

Cottagecore-Worthy Tupperware

Because kitschy food storage should always be a thing.

Get Cordelia Food Storage Container (from $14)→

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.

Get Elnaz Nourizadeh Soul of Colors Serving Bowl ($68)→

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.

Get Sunshine Pitcher ($32)→

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