Add dimension to any table by displaying a variety of unique dishes. Get creative through mixing dishware you own to create a layered look for your oyster roast. Unique condiment and dishware pairings are the perfect places to use those odds and ends pieces you pick up from yard sales or thrift stores. To unite the look, use a simple table linen or fabric remnant from a consignment store.
Cheeky visual artist Vik Muniz often creates artwork out of unexpected materials: trash, chocolate, dust, sugar and in the case of his Medusa Plate, pasta marinara. This "Untitled" ceramic plate is based on one of Muniz's photographs which recreates Italian artist Caravaggio's "Medusa." Have some fun by using this as a serving plate that will reveal its image once the food is removed! BUY IT: $250
Create several gifts from one vintage license plate with cut metal keychains. Search antique stores for old steel plates ranging in different letters and numbers. Use metal snips to cut out the letters and numbers, then sandpaper the edges. Add a hole along the top with a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit, then attach a metal key ring into the hole.
Once you've curated your cheeses, it's important to choose versatile accompaniments. Consider a mix of salted and unsalted crackers, as well as shortbreads and baguettes. Dips like honey and raspberry compote are commonly used to counterbalance sweetness or saltiness. For a more polished look, present dips in white ramekins layered on top of wood cutting boards.
When your guests outnumber the dinner plates you have in a matched set, don't sweat! Just use plates that are all in the same color family or same style and it'll lend an eclectic look to your spread. Tip: Antique luncheon plates are the perfect size for children.