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Padma Lakshmi’s Favorite Tabletop Finds From Etsy

Jul 12, 2021

by Aleksa Brown

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“What I enjoy most about food is that it brings people and communities together,” says Emmy-nominated TV host and culinary expert Padma Lakshmi. “When I’m entertaining, I want every piece on the table to be just as meaningful and impactful as the food, company, and conversation itself.”

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From color-blocked cutting boards and showstopping serveware to personalized gardening tools for growing your own ingredients, Padma’s perfect recipe for outdoor dining includes one-of-a-kind, handmade items that combine to create a warm and welcoming space for breaking bread—whether it’s an extra-special occasion or routine weeknight supper. The cherry on top? “I love knowing that every item in this Etsy Edit supports independent entrepreneurs,” she says. Scroll on for a sampling of her picks, then be sure to shop the full Etsy Edit in time for your next alfresco affair.

For the kitchen:

Padma Lakshmi in the kitchen

Dazzling cruets for drizzling

Oil cruets in grey, turquoise, blue, and amber
SHOP: Oil cruets from A&J Metissage, $59

“My style is colorful and eclectic without being too fussy,” Padma says. “I selected a lot of blue and green accents (like these blown glass cruets) to pop against the wood. We know from mother nature that those colors go well together: green from the trees and blue from the sky.”

Pattern-splashed spoon rests

Spoon rests with assorted patterns
SHOP: Spoon rests from Pottery Creations LRM, $20

Stoneware spoon rests with intricate patterns will hold your cooking utensils and your sous chef’s gaze, all while keeping your summertime pasta sauce from sullying the countertops.

A sculptural serving bowl

A bowl with pebble-like texture on the outside and a shiny blue glaze on the inside
SHOP: Serving bowl from Kari Ceramics, $174

“I love this blue serving bowl because it’s so beautiful and organic looking, almost like a rock that was just cut in half and carved out,” Padma says. “The juxtaposition of the rough jagged outside and the smooth, periwinkle interior is stunning.”

A terracotta curry pot

A terracotta curry pot with a white patterned curtain in the background
SHOP: Curry pot from Terracotta Tales, $30

Built from pure unglazed clay, this terracotta curry pot blends form and function—holding its own in the oven and out on display.

A constellation cutting board

A kitchen counter scene featuring a constellation cutting board with fruit on top
SHOP: Galaxy cutting board from AHeirloom, from $68

Chop, dice, and mince among the stars (even if you’re not on Top Chef) thanks to the engraved constellation motif on this handmade cutting board, which comes in your choice of maple or walnut.

For the table:

Padma Lakshmi sits at a table outside

Minimalist plates in pleasing hues

Four plates stacked on top of each other
SHOP: Ceramic dining plates (set of 4) from  Epalladio Ceramics, $132

Smooth ceramic plates in organic shapes and earthy colors will provide the perfect understated backdrop for whatever’s on your menu—and multiple sizes mean there’s a dish for every course: appetizer, entree, and dessert.

A rustic stoneware pitcher

Padma Lakshmi pours a glass of water from a rustic grey pitcher
SHOP: Pitcher from Tagliaferro Ceramics, $156

Whether you’re pouring lemonade or a little splash of sangria, this matte glazed pitcher will get the good vibes flowing.

Hand-blown glassware

Eight glasses in green, clear, blue, and amber
SHOP: Glassware (set of 6) from Shop Muirwood, $46

Made in Morocco from recycled beer and wine bottles, these eye-catching glasses complement a range of tabletop color schemes and come in a small gathering-friendly set of six.

A family-sized serving tray

A large cutting board with bread and cheese sits on a decorated outdoor table
SHOP: Two-tone serving tray from The Crafty Swirl, $35

With ample room for cheese, crackers, cold cuts, and more, this 24-inch serving tray is also easy to carry outside thanks to two sturdy leather straps. Styling tip: Add blooms and a bud vase to turn it from snack plate to centerpiece, just like that.

Tie-dye table linens and knotted napkin holders

Two images: a blue and grey tie-dye napkin at left and a ceramic napkin holder in the shape of a pretzel at right
SHOP: Reusable cloth napkins from Apricot LA, from $25; ceramic napkin holders from Sunday Studio Brooklyn, $25

Cloud-colored cloth napkins pulled through ceramic napkin holders dress up your outdoor dinner table, making it feel special and reducing paper waste in the process.

For the outdoor seating area:

Padma Lakshmi sits outside

An eclectic collection of pillows and a soft cotton throw

Two patterned pillows and a white cotton throw blanket
SHOP (Clockwise from top left): Ronke cushion cover from Osime Home, from $56; cotton throw blanket from FINEGRID, from $54; vintage textile upcycled pillow from xN Studio, $250

Padma’s tip for staging your outdoor seating setup? Make sure you’re thinking about how things feel rather than just how they look.” Case in point: Cozy patterned pillows provide cushion against hard edges and a cool cotton throw adds a touch of softness to wicker patio furniture.

Festive lighting

Two images: A cutout ceramic lantern at left and two tea light candle holders in robin's egg blue at right
SHOP: Ceramic lanterns from Modern Greek Pottery, $80; ceramic tea light candle holders (set of 2) from Clay by Dannah, $80

Keep the conversation going even after the sun sets with candle-powered cutout ceramic lanterns and tea light holders in serene colorways.

A macramé umbrella and vibrant vintage rug

Padma Lakshmi sets the table outside
SHOP: Crochet macramé umbrella from Sunshadow LA, $875; vintage rug from DECOVINRUG, shop similar from $55

“I love contrasting jewel tones with natural materials,” Padma says of her outdoor decorating aesthetic, which marries statement pieces like a colorful vintage rug with a more neutral crochet macramé umbrella.

For the garden:

Padma Lakshmi sits on a staircase surrounded by gardening tools and herbs

A hand-built basket for your bounty—and tools to boot

A basket and tools for gardening
SHOP: Garden basket from Prairieland Design, from $79; tools from All About Impressions, $42

Gather home-grown veggies for your next batch of gazpacho with a streamlined cedar basket and sturdy steel planting tools. (Bonus: Both come with the option to add customization so they feel extra you.)

Herb markers crafted from recycled copper

Copper plant markers
SHOP: Herb markers from Blisscraft and Brazen, from $13

Upcycled from electrical wiring, these rustic hand-stamped herb markers will help you tell your thyme from your tarragon when you’re plucking sprigs for meal-prep, like Padma.

Planters with personality

Three ceramic planters that contain herbs
SHOP: Bohemian footed planter from The Artizan Way, $26; matte speckled planter from Lee Minton Ceramics, $80

Your precious herbs deserve a special place to unfurl their aromatic leaves, and these textured pots and speckled planters will give them room to grow while adding a little pizzazz to your yard.

Shop more of Padma’s favorite Etsy finds:

What can we say? She has great taste.

A collage of five additional items Padma has selected from Etsy
SHOP (Clockwise from top left): Market bag from French Baskets, $52; small fused glass bowls (set of 6) from Vetrocity, from $62; floral napkins (set of 4) from MOONTEA studio, $42; ceramic spoons from Brillon Creative, $20; cotton apron from Bespoke Binny, $49
Padma Lakshmi with the children's book she authored
"Bonus round with Padma Lakshmi"

Besides cooking and decorating, how do you express your creativity?

Getting my thoughts on paper is invaluable and I’ve always loved food writing. In fact, I recently wrote a children’s book called Tomatoes For Neela to teach kids where their food comes from and how to determine what’s in season.

What are your go-to herbs to grow at home?

Basil, mint, rosemary, and thyme grow in my garden like wildfire. I’m also nurturing two curry plants at the moment—my dad grows them in California and sends them over.

Favorite foolproof recipe for a casual summertime gathering?

Sautéed calamari with checca. It’s so easy and quick to make that it’s perfect for a summer cocktail party when you don’t want to stand in front of the stove the whole time. It’s healthy, delicious, and full of protein.

Favorite topic of conversation at the dinner table?

I always ask how couples met. I like getting to hear both sides of the story—it’s funny to hear how each side differs!

Press play to go behind-the-scenes with Padma:

Photographs by Justin Chung.

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Ronke cushion cover, Adire cloth
Ronke cushion cover, Adire cloth
$54.83 USD
Upcycled Vintage Asooke Pillow
Upcycled Vintage Asooke Pillow
$250.00 USD
crochet macrame umbrella with fringe - venice 6’ día
crochet macrame umbrella with fringe - venice 6’ día
$1,050.00 USD
EASY | Handwoven 100% Cotton Turkish Throw Blanket in 3 Size Options | Creamy Soft Bed spread with Tassels | Herringbone Bed-cover
EASY | Handwoven 100% Cotton Turkish Throw Blanket in 3 Size Options | Creamy Soft Bed spread with Tassels | Herringbone Bed-cover
$64.00 USD
ALGAE cloth napkin set - Handmade and Hand-Dyed - Reusable - for Dinner Parties, Weddings, and Cocktails
ALGAE cloth napkin set - Handmade and Hand-Dyed - Reusable - for Dinner Parties, Weddings, and Cocktails
$25.00 USD
Ceramic Plates Handmade | Plate Set | | Plates Set of 4 | Dinnerware | Pottery Plates | Tableware | Plates and Bowls | Ceramic Plates White
Ceramic Plates Handmade | Plate Set | | Plates Set of 4 | Dinnerware | Pottery Plates | Tableware | Plates and Bowls | Ceramic Plates White
$128.16 USD
Recycled Moroccan Handblown Cone Glass Set  (set of 6)
Recycled Moroccan Handblown Cone Glass Set (set of 6)
$51.00 USD
Set of 2 Light Green Ceramic Candle Holders
Set of 2 Light Green Ceramic Candle Holders
$84.00 USD
Handmade Stoneware Ceramic Knot, Ceramic Napkin Ring - Brick
Handmade Stoneware Ceramic Knot, Ceramic Napkin Ring - Brick
$25.00 USD
REGULAR Two Tone Tray | Wood Tray - Tray Table - Serving Tray - Sofa Table - Leather Tray - Platter - Lap Tray- Wood Platter
REGULAR Two Tone Tray | Wood Tray - Tray Table - Serving Tray - Sofa Table - Leather Tray - Platter - Lap Tray- Wood Platter
$35.00 USD
Handmade 11" serving bowl Ceramic salad bowl Decorative bowl Fruit bowl Rustic Bowl
Handmade 11" serving bowl Ceramic salad bowl Decorative bowl Fruit bowl Rustic Bowl
$174.00 USD
Rustic Pour Over Pitcher, pitcher, stoneware pitcher, handmade ceramic pitcher, Padma Lakshmi
Rustic Pour Over Pitcher, pitcher, stoneware pitcher, handmade ceramic pitcher, Padma Lakshmi
$156.00 USD
MADE TO ORDER, Handmade ceramic spoons pottery spoon Wabi-Sabi kitchen housewarming gift kitchen decor stoneware spoon, table decor
MADE TO ORDER, Handmade ceramic spoons pottery spoon Wabi-Sabi kitchen housewarming gift kitchen decor stoneware spoon, table decor
$22.00 USD
Floral Linen Napkins set of 4, handprinted tableware, linen homegoods, woodsy
Floral Linen Napkins set of 4, handprinted tableware, linen homegoods, woodsy
$42.00 USD
straw bag Handmade French Basket Moroccan Basket french market basket, Beach Bag - Natural Basket long Flat Leather Handle
straw bag Handmade French Basket Moroccan Basket french market basket, Beach Bag - Natural Basket long Flat Leather Handle
$52.00 USD
Herb Markers + Plant labels, custom made from recycled copper
Herb Markers + Plant labels, custom made from recycled copper
$12.38 USD
Garden Basket Hod tote gift for carrying vegetables and flowers with center divider for tools seeds and supplies from Red Cedar
Garden Basket Hod tote gift for carrying vegetables and flowers with center divider for tools seeds and supplies from Red Cedar
$69.00 USD
Round Hardwood Board with Zodiac Pattern - Maple or Walnut Hardwood
Round Hardwood Board with Zodiac Pattern - Maple or Walnut Hardwood
$68.00 USD
Set of Six Fused Glass Small Bowls. Soy Sauce Bowl. Small Bowls. Minimalist Glass Tableware. Spice Bowls Set of Six Merry Collection
Set of Six Fused Glass Small Bowls. Soy Sauce Bowl. Small Bowls. Minimalist Glass Tableware. Spice Bowls Set of Six Merry Collection
$62.00 USD
Spoon Rests Hand Thrown In White Stoneware with Glaze Patterns
Spoon Rests Hand Thrown In White Stoneware with Glaze Patterns
$20.00 USD

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