What Serve Ware You Should Use at Your Next Mod Dinner Party

Mid Century Necessities

With all of the shops in and around Palm Springs, finding mid-century modern serve ware will be easy as pie. Here are our suggestions about what to buy for a mod dinner or cocktail party. This article is going to discuss the table service you will need to serve your guests from start to finish with a mid-century modern vibe! Just like mid-century décor, the items you will use to entertain will be clean, minimal, functional and brightly-colored with unique patterns.

Appetizer Pieces

A vegetable tray is a huge hit at any party or gathering. With different sections to keep the veggies separate from your amazing homemade dip, these make for a very functional serving piece. A lazy Susan is a fun way to show off your vegetable masterpiece. Some lazy Susans are shaped like a flower, round or rectangular. Other styles include oval, abstract and triangular. Color choices and patterns are many: vibrant blues, orang­es, and greens with vegetable, starburst, and abstract patterns. The material used for these is either wood, ceramic, glass or metal pieces. Our pick for a vegetable tray is the melamine mid-century modern vegetable tray with aqua and pink Melmac design.

Is homemade punch or maybe a sangria going to be a drink choice? A mid-century modern punch bowl should be your go-to. Made of glass and adorned with beautiful designs, these punch bowls are an amaz­ing conversation starter. Colors are endless. Gorgeous greens, turquoise, shades of blues and many other mod color choices are available. Patterns include fruits, geometric shapes and atomic designs. Our pick is the turquoise bowl and glass set adorned with polka dots.

Pre-Dinner Pieces

A salad is a starter for nearly any dinner party. Choose a pattern that complements the rest of your table settings and can hold enough for your guests. Teak, ceramic or glass, the patterns, and colors are endless. If using teak wood, you may just want one that shows the beauty of the wood. Glass or ceramic can come in hues of green, blue, orange and reds. Patterns include clear glass with a silver or gold band, geometric, abstract, starburst, atomic and much more. A good bet would be to buy a complete set with the salad bowl and serving bowls. One of our favorites is the frosted glass bowl adorned with fruit by Hazel Atlas.

A salad must have dressing, so that means you must have a variety to choose from in mod bottles. You can choose clear glass with modern design or bright colors of stained glass. Colors range from clear glass to stained glass in your choice of mod colors. Choose from brightly-colored bottles of green, blue, orange, yellows and red. To pour, some have a cork-like top, some have a spout and others have a flip-top style.



Mid-century plates, not surprisingly, are round, square, and some are even rectangular. But they are free from ornamentation and have smooth lines. There is a myr­iad of different designs, styles, colors, and patterns to choose from.

Just like with your modern décor, to get the full modern effect, you are going to choose bright colors and unique patterns for your plates. No one ever goes wrong by choosing teals or oranges for their mid-century mod choices. We think the pink and gold starburst pattern by Lenox is a good mid-century modern piece.


Having mashed potatoes, a variety of vegetables and maybe a bowl of rice? Serving bowls come in glass, metal or pottery in bright colors and amazing patterns. These are not ordinary bowls, either. Round, rectangular or oblong. Gorgeous geometric patterns, flowers, and vines, a fruit or vegetable design or an atomic pattern among other unique patterns are available.


Having wine for dinner? This calls for the perfect wine glass. Some guests may choose water instead. The glasses are a great choice as a water goblet as well. Among others, wine glasses can be your standard glass with no pattern or be embossed with a Valencia pattern and long stems. You may opt to go with a more round­ed glass with a shorter stem for a relaxed look. Frosted glass, metal rims, and starburst patterns are also mod options. One of our favorites is the Ombre Cordial col­lection by Dorothy Thorpe. They are frosted glass and come in all your mod colors of greens, pink, blues, and oranges.


Having the right flatware is a necessity. Flatware is made of metal and the handle is either plain with some type of etching or wood in a variety of the most popular modern colors. You want to choose flatware that feels good in the hand. You do not want to present your guests with flatware that is too bulky or heavy. Our choice for flatware is the Cameo by TOWLE Scc for its wood pattern and stain.


Who says a salt and pepper shaker can’t be stylish? A mid-century modern salt and pepper shaker proves that notion wrong. Mid-century modern salt and pep­per shakers follow the idea of other modern items. They come in a huge selection of brightly-colored unique shaped sets. They are made of metal or teak wood and can be tall, round or short. Gorgeous hues of blues, greens, reds, and oranges are great for metal shakers. Or you can choose the starburst, atomic or geometric patterns. We have a bias for the pawn shaped set made by Naike Country Arts.

After Dinner

After dinner, when everyone has wandered into the sitting room, why not serve some ice-cold lemonade or iced tea? We suggest that you pick a matching pitcher and glass set. These are made of glass or plastic and are very colorful and have amazing patterns and shapes! Farm animals, geometric shapes, beautiful etchings, and stained glass are a few of the choices you have. As with most pitchers, the top is open having a pour spout while others may have a lid with openings to pour. Our pick? The lavender Blendo by the West Virginia Glass Company.

We hope this guide has helped you know what types of items you are going to need for your next party. With all the choices of entertaining using retro themed serve ware, you are sure to find the style, color, and design you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to let your style shine through! Think bold and take a risk on your choice of serve ware. After all, isn’t that what mid-centu­ry mod is all about?

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