Fondue rule #1: Dipper-droppers are responsible for the after-dinner cleanup. Better use a fondue pot that's easy to clean and cute enough that no one will mind scouring melted chocolate from it.
Striped Platter Tasting Party Set of 13, $16.95
Serve up bite-sized morsels on this festive party platter. It's just the right size for serving holiday pudding or shots of eggnog. At a price this good, we say get two!
Splash Wineglasses Set of 4, $35
A splash of color trickles down the stem of these playful wineglasses, adding a pop of color to the classic shape. uncommongoods.com
Galvanized Treat Pedestals, Short or Tall $38
Put dessert on a pedestal: Reminiscent of old pie plates, these handmade, galvanized metal stands bring 17th-century charm to any holiday party.
Imprinted Palette Egg Caddy, $24
Deviled eggs are a work of art when served on a caddy modeled after a painter's palette. anthropologie.com
Retro Teapot, $39.95
Out with the old, boring metal teapot, and in with a new retro-styled stoneware pot. Hot tea is cool again. Fjorn.com
Tasmin Platter and Dessert Plate, $28.95 and $12.95
Elegant desserts and hors d'oeuvres deserve to be served on rich crimson and gold plates of equal beauty.
Bamboo Serving Trays, $60
Serving guests becomes extra easy when using brightly colored, lightweight trays. corebamboo.com
Double-Walled Monogrammed Boston Shaker, $29.95 + $7 to personalize
For those who like their drinks shaken, not stirred. williams-sonoma.com
Finally, a bowl that helps you eat. This bowl is designed to do more than just look cool it actually prevents salsa from sliding off of chips. uncommongoods.com
Eggplant Casseroval, $39.96
Hard-core cooks and entertainers will appreciate this brightly colored casserole dish that does double-duty as a baking dish and a serving piece.