5 Must-Have Pieces for the Hostess with the Mostess

Whether you’re a seasoned party planner or a busy hostess who hides the deli containers seconds before guests arrive, with Julia Knight a picture perfect party is always just 5 minutes away. The secret is in the art of combining what's on hand with a touch of homemade paired with the perfect Julia Knight serving pieces. Here are the 5 “must-have” pieces for your picture perfect party… in just 5 minutes.

Large Tray

Everyone needs a large versatile tray. Your tray is your foundation and makes layering a snap. It’s the perfect piece to leave out to dress up an ottoman or coffee table. We love the way a tray brings glamour to a crudité, or a traditional cheese platter or a family style entrée-like roast and potatoes. Ditch the plastic veggie tray and make it fabulous. Layer on a small bowl for sauces and dips, then add a side of serving utensils for a picturesque look.

Large Bowl

Functional and fabulous, a 12”-15” bowl is your go-to for a stunning mixed green salad with goat cheese, caprese penne pasta, and more. Pair your large bowl with a salad serving set along side a pair of salt and pepper shakers and make this trio the star of your table every night.


Use a platter for appetizers or sides and create an elegant (but easy) work of art for your guests. They’ll wonder, just how does she do it? For a quick “5 Minutes to Fabulous” appetizer layer fresh french bread alongside small bowls filled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Create a dazzling platter of appetizers with (or without) the stove.

Small Bowl

small bowl is a pretty and practical must-have for everyday. Create height and layer on top of a petite plate or add to a serving tray or platter to add dimension to your presentation. Create a visual contrast of color with some fresh green guacamole topped with diced tomatoes, or rim the bowl with iced shrimp and add cocktail sauce for a quick, easy appetizer.

Salad Serving Set

Serve up a dazzling dish and delight guests with a stunning salad serving set; easy to use and even easier to accessorize with! Match up a salad serving set with a large bowl for an eye-catching (and functional) duo. Add a spring salad mix with walnuts and strawberries in a large bowl and pair with a small bowl and a cocktail spoon for dressing. Place both on top of a large platter to create a beautiful standalone dish.