We'll be enjoying our salad in my old (as in my parents got it as a wedding gift) Raymond Lowey bowls. I am so totally in love with this pattern that I will forever scour garage sales, thrift stores and other second-hand avenues (except E-Bay as it's way to expensive), in hopes of finding more.
Another obsession I have tried unsuccessfully to cure myself of, is white-ware. This old milk-glass vase is the simple centerpiece of the table. I know the whole world loves red roses, but I'll take yellow every time! The tablescape at our friend's house on Thanksgiving revolved around yellow roses and she gave me two to take home. They were the inspiration for the yellow theme. At the far end of the table, is a huge white glass pitcher.
As focused as I am on making a great meal, the food is only one third of it. What you serve it on and how you present it is another important part of it. Even if it isn't truly opulent, one of the luxuries I think, is how you can do something simple but still feel a bit indulgent. But most importantly, it's who you enjoy it with!