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glass act

During the holiday season, it’s nice to have delicious pastries on hand. A domed holder keeps cookies and cakes fresh. The Hartland Large Cake Dish and Dome are handcrafted by American glassblowers using centuries-old techniques. It’s available in two sizes – medium is $400 and large is $490 – at Simon Pearce in Bethesda Row (301-263-7212,

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night light

The warm glow of candlelight always enhances the mood of a holiday party. The shape of these elegant limed oak candlesticks is inspired by 17th century furniture. The spool cone holders are available in three sizes and sold as a set for $338, or individually for $78 to $148 at Serena & Lily in Bethesda Row (240-531-1839,

At your service

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The warm-toned painterly images of fall vegetables on this serving tray ensure it will be the highlight of any fall tabletop program for years to come. The rectangular harvest pumpkin stoneware piece measures 14 inches wide and 8½ inches deep, is dishwasher and microwave safe, and retails for $59.50 at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598,

reuse it

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A large glass pitcher is handy in any season to keep guests’ drinks filled without multiple trips to the kitchen. This cone-shaped container is made from recycled beer and wine bottles, stands 7½ inches tall and is dishwasher safe. The Moroccan conical jug comes in three color choices plus transparent and retails for $36 at Red Orchard in Bethesda (301-571-7333,

Classy tray

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Serving a wide assortment of appetizers is sure to please any guest. This sculptural appetizer tray features nine connected compartments. The Klasa tray is made of aluminum, with a dark aged gold finish, and is available in two sizes. The large, pictured, measures 19 by 12 inches and is priced at $139 at Arhaus in Rockville (301-230-2973,

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The board matters

Linens can update the look of a dining table in a snap. This classic floral jacquard tablecloth is made from soft, durable, machine-washable cotton and comes in three colors – indigo, charcoal and terracotta (pictured) – and four sizes, which sell for between $100 and $130 at Sur La Table at Pike & Rose north of Bethesda (301-230-1503,

Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and writes frequently about architecture and home design.

This story appears in the November/December 2022 issue from Bethesda magazine.