Splurge: This ceramic centerpiece from Williams-Sonoma is made out of clay from the Arno River in Italy. The stark white color and glazed finish would make it stand out against the warm oranges, reds, and yellows of the season. And at $199, you might be inclined to keep it out for the winter.
Williams-Sonoma has locations in Virginia, Maryland and DC; www.williams-sonoma.com.
Steal: This serving dish from Crate & Barrel’s is just as festive as Williams-Sonoma’s centerpiece. But for $12.95, it’s much easier on the wallet. The dish is microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe, making it the perfect spot for hot casseroles, sweet potatoes, or stuffing.
Crate & Barrel has locations in Virginia, Maryland and DC; www.crateandbarrel.com.