Up your dinner-party game.
How to level up your return to indoor dining with friends.
1. MAKE NO MISTAKE
Now more than ever, keeping track of which wineglass is yours is of paramount importance. But things get busy, people get distracted and suddenly no one remembers who put what where. Enter Wine-O’s, stylish and colourful Merinowool-felt glass markers designed by GRAF LANTZ and available through Canadian-founded brand Goodee. They’re subtle yet sophisticated, there are 12 shades to choose from and they make a perfect—and useful—host gift. $24 for a set of 12, goodeeworld.com
2. FABLE TO TABLE
Based in Burnaby, B.C., FABLE creates sustainable dinnerware that will make any meal look good. Sleek, minimal and made out of recycled clay, the plates, bowls and mugs come in an array of soothing colours—think midnight blue, blush pink and dove grey—that are perfect for mixing and matching for maximum impact. Crafting pieces with a conscience, Fable prides itself on having full price transparency and is on its way to achieving zero-waste production, making it a company we can believe in. From $39, fablehome.co
3. IKEA X SONOS
To help get the party started (or keep it going), IKEA has teamed up with audio experts Sonos to design Symfonisk, an affordable collection of multi-purpose speakers that double as bookshelves, table lamps and, the most recent release, picture frames with interchangeable fronts. Dinner music has never been so discreet—or sounded so good. From $129, ikea.com
4. SHINE A LIGHT
After launching in 2014 and seeing its work illuminate restaurants all over town, Montreal lamp and light-fixture design studio JACQUES & ANNA finally has a bricks-and-mortar shop. Stop by the new spot, in the city’s vibrant Mile End ’hood, and check out the current collection, which was inspired by the nautical world, as well as past creations. Your well-lit browse of beautifully textured concrete and ceramic pieces might just lead you to something special for your own home. jacquesetanna.com