Pretty partyware

For your holiday cocktail party, leave the good china in the cabinet and set out these nearly shatterproof melamine plates in festive colors. - S.M.
Le Cadeaux appetizer plates in Allegra Red and Benidorm Blue, $34.95, set of four, Scarlett Alley, 241 Race St., Philadelphia, 215-592-7898

Salty sweet treat

If you can't decide whether you want a salty snack or a sweet one, go for both - as in chocolate-dipped and candy-decorated pretzels from Brooklyn-based Fatty Sundays. For the holiday season, they've introduced new flavors: sea salt with toffee or dark chocolate encrusted in crushed peppermint candy.

- Samanta Melamed
Fatty Sundays chocolate-covered pretzels, $8.95, box of five, Sur La Table, the Promenade, Route 73 S., Marlton, 856-797-0098