ISSUE 33  |  Summer's Greatest Hits

Editors’ Picks: 10 Summer Tabletop Finds for Under $25

August 25, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

No need to get fancy. Here are some low-commitment life enhancers for entertaining indoors and out.


Above: Black Rim Enamelware Dinner Plates from Crate & Barrel are $6.97 each. Go to our Enamelware dossier for more ideas.

Ikea 365 Pitcher with Cork Lid

Above: Julie’s favorite Ikea discovery of late: The clear glass 365+ Pitcher with Cork Lid; $6.99. Another easy way to serve drinks: Sarah keeps a stash of clear-glass wine bottles on hand—”good-looking ones that I’ve recycled; I use them for water and cold beverages, shrubs being a current favorite.”

Schoolhouse Electric Utility Napkin

Above: The gauze-like Utility Napkin, $5 from Schoolhouse Electric, is handwoven by fair-trade artisans in India. We also like using Ikea’s red-striped Tekla Dish Towels—all cotton and 79 cents each—as napkins.

Compostable Wooden Hot Dog Trays

Above: Compostable Wooden Hot Dog Trays from Food52 are made of balsa wood wrapped in rice paper; $20 for 20. Compostable Wooden Corn on the Cob Trays are also available; 20 for $20.

West Elm Fishnet Woven Placemat

Above: Made of woven abaca fibers, Fishnet Placemat Sets from West Elm come in four colors (natural shown here); $12 for a set of two.

Saudade Tin Garden Lantern

Above: Saudade in London specializes in imports from Portugal, including these four-inch-tall Tin Garden Lanterns; £12 ($18.93) each. See more in Michelle’s Outdoor Lighting post on Gardenista.

Wild and Daisy Ironstone Platter

Above: All of us at Remodelista have collections of vintage ironstone platters in a range of sizes. “Ironstone isn’t expensive and lends a look of bleached shells to the table without being obvious,” says Justine. Source Ironstone on Etsy; this Ironstone Platter from Etsy seller Wild and Daisy is $28.

Canvas Drop Cloth

Above: A longstanding Remodelista favorite: the painter’s drop cloth as tablecloth (to soften the fabric, we suggest you launder it first). Ace Hardware offers heavyweight Canvas Drop Cloths in several sizes, ranging in price from $13.99 to $35.99. For more ideas, see the Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth.

CB2 Marta Barware

Above: Impossibly thin glass tumblers are another Remodelista staple for wine and water—and even though they look extremely fragile, they’re not. CB2 offers Marta Barware, a similar but differently proportioned “micro thin” collection, starting at $1.50 a glass. And Ikea’s 365+ Six-Ounce Glasses are $2.99 a six-pack. Find even more at 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.

Terrain Citronella Candle

Above: Terrain’s Hammered Glass Citronella Candle is $16.

Help yourself, there’s plenty more:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 23, 2015.