From a place-card holder bought at a souvenir shop to a scattering of delicate buds in bright vases, the unexpected touches here update classic plates.

Add Acid Green

"Countryware" textured white dinner plate ($27) and salad plate ($21) by Wedgwood (800-955-1550). Beaded place mats ($72 each) and linen napkins ($18 each) by Kim Seybert (Neiman Marcus; 800-365-7989). "Verona" olive-toned wineglasses from Crate & Barrel ($10 each; 800-967-6696). Orange calla lilies in a vase with an offset opening by Didier Blardat ($135 from Tozai Home; 877-998-6924). Silver-plated "Ellipse" flatware by Calvin Klein ($110 for a five-piece place setting; 877-256-7373).


Create a Cityscape

"Signet Platinum" dinner plate by Wedgwood ($35). "Athena Platinum" charger by Bernardaud ($81; 800-884-7775). "Linier" wineglass ($16) and "Gio" glass ($3) from the Terence Conran Shop (866-755-9079). Tablecloth by Armani Casa ($465; 212-334-1271). Napkin by ABH Design ($22; 212-249-2276). Vases sold at garden-supply shops. Sterling silver "Hampton" flatware by Tiffany & Co. (from $110 per piece; 800-843-3269). Mini Empire State Building from Touch of New York ($9; 212-719-0400).


Play with Florals

"Winterthur" dinner plate by Haviland & C. Parlon ($150; 800-993-2580). "Poppy" organza tablecloth ($180) and napkin ($16) by Leila's Linens (212-947-6876). Vine-etched "Heather" goblet by Lenox ($43 for four; 800-63-LENOX). Miniature roses and other flowers in a trio of small, colorful glass vases ($7 each at Global Table; 212-431-5839). Sterling silver "Alta" flatware by Robbe & Berking ($510 for a five-piece setting from Michael C. Fina; 800-BUY-FINA).

Photographs: Eric Piasecki