The Home Observer: Spring Wares for Entertaining

The Hot-Pot BBQ by Black + Blum is a combination grill and herb garden, compact enough for small city patios and terraces; $124 from Mxyplyzyk,, 800-243-9810.

Govino flutes, made of food-safe, PBA-free plastic, are a good choice when crystal is not available, or when serving champagne on the patio. The flute stands just over five-inches tall and is shatterproof and reusable, (not dishwasher-safe). The graceful glasses, designed for professional wine-tastings, come in a set of four for $12.95 at the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum,, (212) 849-8355 or for a list of retailers.

Blooming salad set includes a plastic bowl, cruet and servers; $99 at Elemental Store,, 786-276-5955.

A countertop Herb Garden, complete with scissors, holds herb plants or soil for planting seeds (not included); in white plastic, $45 at Lekker,, 877-753-5537.


Plastic cutlery sets in a choice of colors are $30 for a three-piece place setting or $25 for a four piece setting (depending on pattern), at Property,, 917-237-0123.

Three-tiered Ray Tray by Sandy Chilewich is $125 from Chilewich,, 888-851-7130.

Rooster plastic dinnerware may be used indoors or outdoors; in red, blue, yellow or green. A set of four dinner plates is $49.50; a set of four salad plates is $39.50. From Frontgate,, 888-263-9850.


Pipette Oil and Vinegar cruets are $59 for the set from Design House Stokholm,, 877-884-0226.

A pad of 50 Perfect SEtting paper placemats provides on-the-spot style advice; $20 at the American Folk Art Museum Shop,, 212-265-1040.

Citrange citrus press fits over an individual glass and may be used for lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruits. Its built-in funnel directs juice directly into the glass; $19.50 at A+R., 800-913-0071.

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