At Cost Plus World Market, a 12-piece plate set with stand was just $24.99 -- an inexpensive and easy-to-store solution for holiday entertaining. The food-safe tree-slice serving piece, used here as a charger, was $19.99. Inexpensive tumblers did have visible seams common to inexpensive glassware, but the colors felt festive without screaming "Holiday!" Plus the price, $2.99 apiece, was hard to beat.
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
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